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Working As A Generator Mechanic

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
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  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $39,048

    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

Generator Mechanic
Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Representative Chief Controller
Airport Maintenance Chief
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Building Engineer
Assistant Chief Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Advisor
Assistant Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Welder Production Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vehicle Mechanic Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Electrician Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Generation Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Vehicle Mechanic Mechanic Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Technician Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Generation Technician Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Head Mechanic 4.7 years
Senior Mechanic 4.5 years
Equipment Mechanic 4.4 years
Generator Repairer 4.2 years
Generator Mechanic 4.0 years
Fleet Mechanic 3.7 years
Diesel Mechanic 3.6 years
Field Mechanic 3.5 years
Mechanic 3.5 years
Service Mechanic 3.3 years
Truck Mechanic 3.2 years
Shop Mechanic 2.9 years
Mechanic Helper 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Generator Mechanic
Mechanic 19.4%
Technician 6.6%
Welder 4.4%
Carpenter 4.3%
Supervisor 4.2%
Cashier 4.0%
Sergeant 3.3%
Top Careers After Generator Mechanic
Mechanic 15.9%
Technician 6.0%
Welder 3.6%
Operator 3.2%
Driver 3.0%
Supervisor 2.7%

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Generator Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

90.1%

Female

8.8%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.1%

French

9.4%

Carrier

7.8%

German

6.3%

Chinese

3.1%

Dakota

3.1%

Portuguese

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Turkish

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Persian

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Dari

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Generator Mechanic Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

15.7%

Central Texas College

13.1%

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Community College of the Air Force

6.5%

Liberty University

5.2%

The Academy

4.6%

Victoria College

4.6%

Ashford University

3.9%

Delgado Community College

3.3%

University of Northwestern Ohio

3.3%

Defense Acquisition University

3.3%

Excelsior College

3.3%

Grantham University

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

North Central Institute

3.3%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.3%

University of Central Missouri

2.6%

Troy University

2.6%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

2.6%

State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred

2.6%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

18.7%

Business

11.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.6%

General Studies

6.6%

Industrial Technology

5.6%

Aviation

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Precision Metal Working

3.5%

Computer Science

3.5%

Education

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Engineering

2.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.5%

Fire Science And Protection

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

42.8%

Associate

18.7%

Bachelors

18.1%

Certificate

12.4%

Diploma

4.2%

Masters

3.0%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Generator Mechanic

  1. General Mechanic
  2. Repair Parts
  3. Diesel Engines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • General Mechanics on Trucks Electrical Troubleshooting Replacing Brakes and Hydraulics Engine Overhauling
  • Performed technical inspections on a daily basis and kept supervisors advised of repair parts required to fix equipment.
  • Evaluated, repaired and maintained diesel engines used to power electric generators.
  • Supervised and enforced all safety protocols with regard to operation and maintenance of all equipment.
  • Set up a preventative maintenance program to identify potential failures before they occur and minimize maintenance costs while maximizing performance.

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