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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
  • $36,630

    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
Maintenance Supervisor Building Engineer
Assistant Chief Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Technician Maintenance Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Hvac Technician Building Maintenance Technician
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Hvac Technician Building Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Vehicle Mechanic Mechanic Electrician
Electrical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Vehicle Mechanic Service Technician Hvac Technician
Lead Hvac Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Generation Technician Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Diesel Mechanic Shop Foreman Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Technician Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Forklift Operator Automotive Technician
Master Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Mechanic Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Owner/Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Electrician Operations Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Generation Technician Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Master Mechanic 5.6 years
Building Mechanic 4.8 years
Head Mechanic 4.7 years
Plant Mechanic 4.6 years
Equipment Mechanic 4.4 years
Lead Mechanic 4.3 years
Generator Mechanic 4.0 years
Generator Repairer 3.7 years
Fleet Mechanic 3.7 years
Diesel Mechanic 3.5 years
Mechanic 3.5 years
Bus Mechanic 3.3 years
Service Mechanic 3.3 years
Truck Mechanic 3.1 years
Shop Mechanic 2.9 years
Pump Mechanic 2.9 years
Junior Mechanic 2.2 years
Mechanic Helper 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Mechanic 17.8%
Technician 6.4%
Cashier 4.8%
Welder 4.5%
Carpenter 4.4%
Supervisor 4.0%
Top Employers After
Mechanic 14.1%
Technician 5.9%
Welder 3.3%
Driver 3.0%
Operator 3.0%

Generator Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

90.1%

Female

8.6%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

77.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.8%

French

9.2%

Carrier

7.7%

German

4.6%

Dakota

4.6%

Chinese

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Portuguese

1.5%

Turkish

1.5%

Romanian

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Dari

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Italian

1.5%
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Generator Mechanic Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

15.9%

Central Texas College

13.9%

University of Phoenix

10.6%

Community College of the Air Force

5.3%

The Academy

4.6%

Liberty University

4.6%

Kaplan University

4.6%

Ashford University

4.0%

Victoria College

4.0%

University of Central Missouri

3.3%

University of Northwestern Ohio

3.3%

Grantham University

3.3%

North Central Institute

3.3%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.3%

Troy University

2.6%

Delgado Community College

2.6%

Defense Acquisition University

2.6%

Excelsior College

2.6%

State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred

2.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

2.6%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

18.6%

Business

11.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.6%

General Studies

7.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Industrial Technology

5.6%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.5%

Aviation

4.3%

Computer Science

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Precision Metal Working

3.1%

Education

3.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.6%

Fire Science And Protection

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.0%

Aerospace Engineering

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

42.6%

Associate

18.8%

Bachelors

18.3%

Certificate

12.3%

Diploma

4.1%

Masters

3.1%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Generator Mechanic

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Top Generator Mechanic Skills

  1. General Mechanic
  2. Vehicles
  3. Diesel Engines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Promoted to a general mechanic, which was building maintenance of facilities.
  • Examine vehicles to determine extent of damage or malfunctions.
  • Perform mechanical diagnostics of diesel engines to determine component failures.
  • Worked as part of a team performing annual inspections in accordance with current safety and air worthiness regulations.
  • Applied load tests to generators for preventive maintenance inspections and troubleshooting purposes.

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