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Working As a Generator Mechanic

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Generator Mechanic 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 Generator Mechanic

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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Generator Mechanic Career Paths

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Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Supervisor Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Lead Mechanic Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Lead Mechanic Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Mechanic Production Supervisor Production Superintendent
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Mechanic Sheet Metal Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Mechanic Sheet Metal Mechanic Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Manager Facilities Manager
Assistant Chief Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Estimator Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Sheet Metal Mechanic Foreman Shop Foreman
Senior Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Foreman Electrical Foreman Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman
Mechanics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician Supervisor Mechanics Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Field Mechanic Master Mechanic Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Boeing
Highest Paying City
Pahrump, NV
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Generator Mechanic make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Generator Mechanic in the United States is $44,922 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $68,000.

Top Skills for A Generator Mechanic

  1. General Mechanic
  2. Diesel Engines
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed 4-year State Sponsored General Mechanic apprenticeship program, training involved working in every area of our Mill facility
  • Evaluated, repaired and maintained diesel engines used to power electric generators.
  • Comply with all safety procedures, military specifications (ASAMS), and technical manuals to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Set up a preventative maintenance program to identify potential failures before they occur and minimize maintenance costs while maximizing performance.
  • Diagnosed and repaired mechanical and electrical systems and powered support systems including their major mechanical and electrical components.

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  3. Iowa
  4. North Dakota
  5. Washington
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Vermont
  8. Indiana
  9. Texas
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Generator Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

84.9%

Female

7.9%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.0%

French

10.2%

Carrier

6.8%

German

4.5%

Chinese

3.4%

Dakota

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Portuguese

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Wolof

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Dari

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%
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Generator Mechanic Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

21.7%

Central Texas College

11.2%

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Community College of the Air Force

5.8%

The Academy

5.1%

North Central Institute

5.1%

Liberty University

4.0%

Ashford University

3.3%

Miami Dade College

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Austin Peay State University

2.9%

State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred

2.9%

Grantham University

2.9%

Apex Technical School

2.9%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

2.9%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

2.5%

Victoria College

2.5%

Pikes Peak Community College

2.5%

Colorado Technical University

2.5%

Pennsylvania State University

2.2%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

22.1%

Business

11.6%

General Studies

7.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.2%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Industrial Technology

4.9%

Aviation

4.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Education

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.9%

Computer Science

2.6%

Precision Metal Working

2.5%

Information Technology

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

41.4%

Associate

20.0%

Bachelors

18.2%

Certificate

10.5%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

3.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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