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Working As A Generation Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Generation Technician Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become A Generation Technician

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Generation Technician Career Paths

Generation Technician
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Supervisor Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Driver Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Field Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Foreman Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Generator Mechanic Electrician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Shop Foreman
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Foreman Maintenance Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Generator Mechanic Heavy Equipment Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Installation Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Welder Shop Foreman
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Foreman Journeyman Electrician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Master Technician 5.9 years
Generator Mechanic 3.9 years
Truck Technician 3.5 years
Service Technician 3.4 years
Utility Technician 3.3 years
Repair Technician 3.1 years
Technician 2.7 years
Shop Technician 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Generation Technician
Technician 13.5%
Cashier 6.8%
Mechanic 5.9%
Internship 2.9%
Supervisor 2.6%
Top Careers After Generation Technician
Technician 15.8%
Mechanic 6.0%
Driver 4.0%
Supervisor 3.2%
Cashier 3.2%
Owner 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
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$27,000
Min 10%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Navistar International
Highest Paying City
Manteca, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Generation Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Generation Technician in the United States is $39,098 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $55,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Top Skills for A Generation Technician

  1. Generator Systems
  2. Diesel Engines
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed routine maintenance on various power generator systems.
  • Overhauled small diesel engines including series 92, series 60, and Clarke John Deere fire pump engines.
  • Developed a maintenance support team, performed preventative maintenance checks/services, and maintained extensive knowledge of engine replacements and various parts.
  • Promoted safety awareness and compliance IAW with all applicable safety procedures and regulations.
  • Performed as a General Technician by completing:-Oil Changes-Tire repair, replacement, rotation-Brake pads/Rotors-Exhaust-Lights, filters, small repairs.

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Top 10 Best States for Generation Technicians

  1. Wyoming
  2. Iowa
  3. Nevada
  4. Utah
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Montana
  7. Washington
  8. Nebraska
  9. North Dakota
  10. Oregon
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Generation Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

84.6%

Female

12.4%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.2%

German

7.5%

French

7.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%

Portuguese

3.0%

Vietnamese

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Polish

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Swahili

1.5%

Filipino

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Korean

1.5%
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Generation Technician Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

27.5%

Community College of the Air Force

11.1%

Ohio Technical College

4.6%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.9%

University of Northwestern Ohio

3.9%

Full Sail University

3.9%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.9%

Central Texas College

3.9%

El Paso Community College

3.3%

Auburn University

3.3%

A-Technical College

3.3%

Portland Community College

3.3%

Wake Technical Community College

3.3%

Oklahoma State University

3.3%

University of Chicago

3.3%

Grantham University

2.6%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

2.6%

University of Maryland - University College

2.6%

Temple University

2.6%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

22.2%

Business

11.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.0%

General Studies

6.9%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Computer Science

3.9%

Industrial Technology

3.7%

Information Technology

3.3%

Medical Technician

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Aviation

2.0%

Precision Metal Working

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Biology

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

30.5%

Associate

25.5%

Bachelors

20.2%

Certificate

10.7%

Diploma

10.6%

Masters

2.0%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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