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Working As A Generation Technician

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $78,650

    Average Salary

What Does A Generation Technician Do At Cummins Inc.

* Completes repairs and rebuilds on engine products in a service workshop under supervision
* Applies documented procedures and policies to complete basic repairs and schedule maintenance, including preparing required parts and tools
* Disassemble and clean engines and /or engine components
* Assists with completion required documentation, such as work completed documentation, time sheets, warranty claims and quality forms, via handwritten forms or business system input screens
* Completes training in line with skill and business requirements
* Maintains work area and tools for cleanliness and proper operation
* Ensure adherence to all relevant Health, Safety & Environmental policies, procedures and legislation and reports any issues / incidents to their supervisor
* If you want to develop your career with the industry leader who gives you the innovative technology you love to work with and empowers you to deliver a service you can be proud of – then
* Cummins** is where you need to be.
* Qualifications
* Skills
* Skill Level A_
* Broad mechanical and /or electrical repair and maintenance capability
* Apprentice Certified Diesel (Preferred)
* Capable of external engine mechanical repair and maintenance with minimal supervision - practical exposure to working on diesel engines
* Awareness of Quick Serve Process
* Able to understand basic computer use
* Able to clearly communicate both orally and in writing
* Able to understand written instructions
* Ability to work safely and identify safety risks, including completion of any requires safety training and the Job Safety Assessment process
* Can resolve basic technical problems
* Able to work within quality standards
* Capable of developing effective working relationships
* Ability to use general numerical principles
* Skill Level B_

What Does A Generation Technician Do At Sunbelt Rentals

* Services and oversees major repairs of all types of equipment as required to ensure proper working condition when leaving the shop; dismantles and reassembles/rebuilds equipment; fabricates parts and equipment as required to meet shop and customer needs; diagnoses complex mechanical equipment problems
* Operate basic and advanced hand tools, metering tools, forklifts, pallet jacks, and shop tools
* Make ready and receive low and medium voltage cables, all AC & DC load banks, all generators, power distribution items, transformers, and trailers for our rental customers
* Troubleshoot/repair small load banks, resistor racks on large load banks, power distribution items, trailers, and low voltage cables
* Conducts preventive maintenance to avoid unnecessary repairs and down time in the field
* Performs safety inspections on equipment
* Maintains a clean and safe shop work environment
* Provides training and mentoring to other mechanics engaged in equipment repairs or maintenance
* Assesses time and cost of repairs
* May specialize in specific types of small equipment in large Profit Centers
* Performs other duties assigned as assigned by the manager
* Attends all training and manufacturing training as directed
* Adheres to all company, governmental and equipment related safety requirements
* Attends and participates in all Profit Center Meetings

What Does A Generation Technician Do At Scott Electric

* troubleshooting and preventative maintenance on Kohler Power systems, diesel/natural gas engines.
* Job requires covering a multi-point maintenance check list which includes changing oil and air filters, spark plugs and updating or replacing the controller if necessary.
* Training provided but mechanical and/or electrical background very helpful.
* Must be dependable, a self-starter, capable of working with little direct supervision,motivated,detail oriented and customer friendly.
* Candidate must have a valid PA driver's license and a clean driving record.
* The successful candidate will possess their own tools to be functional for the position

What Does A Generation Technician Do At Kitchell

* Assist and participate in routine inspections and make modifications to IC engines, diesel generators, and associated equipment.
* Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) and annunciator panels.
* Perform load testing on units to identify possible problems and prevent wet stacking.
* Make electrical and mechanical wiring modifications to diesel control circuits.
* Rebuild and repair gas compressors (turbochargers) used for forced-induction of IC engines, head gaskets, seals, water pumps, catalytic converters, torque heads, belts and hoses.
* Conduct automatic and manual transfer tests of simulated power outages to ensure generators are functioning properly.
* Test batteries, fuel coolant, and oil; ship oil samples for analysis.
* Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.

What Does A Generation Technician Do At Western Branch Diesel

* Other duties may be assigned.
* Product Knowledge & Capabilities Classification A/B level of knowledge of all tools and equipment required to diagnose and repair diesel powered generators, automatic transfer switches Troubleshoot complex operational failures of generator sets and related equipment.
* Determine corrective action through inspection of failed parts.
* Order replacement parts and services in a manner that promotes efficiency and effectiveness.
* Classification A/B level of knowledge of all tools and equipment required to repair major sub-systems and sub-assemblies.
* Perform startup and commissioning on large genset units with automatic transfer switches.
* Perform medium electrical and heavy mechanical repairs to the engine, generator or components.
* Use low and high voltage load banks for testing and repair of generator sets.
* Ability to learn new activities and procedures relating to the position (i.e. new technology on new equipment).
* Classification A/B level of knowledge on warranty periods and guidelines for replacement components.
* Classification A/B level of computers and electronics knowledge.
* Actively maintains current knowledge of products in order to associate symptoms or failures to a specific technical bulletin or other published information.
* Graduated from Diesel Engine Technology Program and 2
* years field experience in emergency power generation.
* Service Procedures & Systems Comply with all Service Department procedures and practices in a consistent fashion.
* Maintains work area in a safe, orderly, and clean manner.
* Completes necessary documentation.
* Must consistently demonstrate the ability to safely operate all types of pleasure and commercial vehicles/equipment.
* Quality & Customer Service Must be able to work special/emergency hours as required.
* Must be willing to travel and work hours as required by job and customer demand.
* Commit to delivering the highest level of customer service and quality.
* Maintain a high degree of ownership over all aspects of the repair.
* Strive for completion on time, within estimate, done right the first time, and as per customer expectations on all assignments.
* Attention to detail and cleanliness in completing repairs on customer vehicles and equipment.
* Productivity & Efficiency Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks of the job to maintain highest level of efficiency.
* Recognize when to solicit assistance prior to spending excessive time to resolve an issue.
* Must maintain an average minimum labor efficiency for job classification Training Must attend and successfully complete all job related educational courses & updates.
* Must have completed all WBT for at least one major product model.
* Must be logical, active learner, with good reading, listening, and problem-solving skills.
* Ability to follow oral and written instructions/directions.
* General Must possess a complete set of tools.
* Must comply with Company Policies as stated in the "Western Branch Diesel Co.
* Handbook" and amendments thereto.
* Must comply with Company and Department procedural guidelines/memos as directed.
* Company Description Western Branch Diesel is a privately held, multi-state employer in the industrial diesel, truck, and power generation

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How To Become A Generation Technician

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers need extensive on-the-job training, which may include a combination of classroom and hands-on training. Nuclear power reactor operators also need a license. Many jobs require a background check, and workers are subject to drug and alcohol screenings.

Many companies require prospective workers to take the Power Plant Maintenance and Plant Operator exams from the Edison Electrical Institute to see if they have the right aptitudes for this work. These tests measure reading comprehension, understanding of mechanical concepts, spatial ability, and mathematical ability.


Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers need at least a high school diploma. However, employers may prefer workers who have a college or vocational school degree.

Employers generally look for people with strong math and science backgrounds for these highly technical jobs. Understanding electricity and math, especially algebra and trigonometry, is important.


Power plant operators and dispatchers undergo rigorous, long-term on-the-job training and technical instruction. Several years of onsite training and experience are necessary for a worker to become fully qualified. Even fully qualified operators and dispatchers must take regular training courses to keep their skills up to date.

Nuclear power reactor operators usually start working as equipment operators or auxiliary operators, helping more experienced workers operate and maintain the equipment while learning the basics of how to operate the power plant.

Along with this extensive on-the-job training, nuclear power plant operators typically receive formal technical training to prepare for the license exam from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Once licensed, operators are authorized to control equipment that affects the power of the reactor in a nuclear power plant. Operators continue frequent onsite training, which familiarizes them with new monitoring systems that provide operators better real-time information regarding the plant.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Nuclear power reactor operators must be licensed through the NRC. To become licensed, operators must meet training and experience requirements, pass a medical exam, and pass the NRC licensing exam. To keep their license, operators must pass a plant-operating exam each year, pass a medical exam every 2 years, and apply for renewal of their license every 6 years. Licenses cannot be transferred between plants, so an operator must get a new license to operate in another facility.

Power plant operators who do not work at a nuclear power reactor may be licensed as engineers or firefighters by state licensing boards. Requirements vary by state and depend on the specific job functions that the operator performs.

Power distributors and dispatchers who are in positions in which they could affect the power grid must be certified through the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s System Operator Certification Program. With sufficient training and experience, workers can become shift supervisors, trainers, or consultants.

Nuclear power plant operators begin working in nuclear power plants, typically as nonlicensed operators. After in-plant training and passing the NRC licensing exam, they become licensed reactor operators. Licensed operators can then advance to senior reactor operators, who supervise the operation of all controls in the control room. Senior reactor operators also may become plant managers or licensed operator instructors.

Important Qualities

Concentration skills. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers must be careful, attentive, and persistent. They must be able to concentrate on a task, such as monitoring the temperature of reactors over a certain length of time without being distracted.

Detail oriented. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers must monitor complex controls and intricate machinery to ensure that everything is operating properly.

Dexterity. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers must use precise and repeated motions when working in a control room.

Mechanical skills. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers must know how to work with machines and use tools. They must be familiar with how to operate, repair, and maintain equipment.

Problem-solving skills. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers must find and quickly solve problems that arise with equipment or controls.

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Generation Technician Career Paths

Generation Technician
Electrician Service Technician General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
General Foreman Project Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Technician Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Automotive Technician Maintenance Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Operations Manager Managing Director
Head Operator
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Lead Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
General Foreman Maintenance Supervisor Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Generation Technician Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • Dutch

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Swahili

  • Filipino

  • Chinese

  • Tagalog

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Top Generation Technician Skills

  1. Generator Systems
  2. Parts
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed, repaired and maintained new and replacement generator systems to enhance communications systems reliability.
  • Sourced parts and built desktop PCs according to client needs and specifications.
  • Honored critical time commitments, supervised safety compliance and maintained high level of professionalism.
  • Inspect and repair diesel engines.
  • Conduct training seminars for emergency power generator technicians.

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