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Working As A Generator Worker

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
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  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $21,940

    Average Salary

What Does A Generator Worker 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 Worker

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 Worker Career Paths

Generator Worker
Security Officer Night Auditor Front Desk Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator Foreman
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Correction Officer Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Production Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Mechanic Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Driver Instructor
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Worker 2.1 years
Generator Worker 2.0 years
Facility Worker 1.9 years
Kitchen Worker 1.6 years
House Worker 1.6 years
Floor Worker 1.5 years
Summer Worker 1.1 years
Top Careers Before Generator Worker
Cashier 19.1%
Internship 5.6%
Cook 5.3%
Volunteer 3.8%
Waitress 3.5%
Supervisor 3.1%
Assembler 2.8%
Assistant 2.8%
Server 2.7%
Manager 2.4%
Top Careers After Generator Worker
Cashier 12.6%
Internship 5.7%
Server 4.4%
Volunteer 4.4%
Supervisor 3.7%
Driver 3.5%
Cook 3.1%

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Generator Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

62.5%

Female

36.1%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

9.2%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.3%

French

5.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Russian

3.0%

Cantonese

3.0%

Italian

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

German

2.0%

Dakota

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Cherokee

1.0%

Hmong

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Turkish

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Afrikaans

1.0%

Serbian

1.0%

Croatian

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%
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Generator Worker Education

Schools

Indian Hills Community College

15.6%

Blackburn College

9.9%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

Michigan State University

7.1%

Modesto Junior College

5.0%

University of Maine

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Riverland Community College

4.3%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

Washington State University

4.3%

Iowa State University

4.3%

University of Idaho

3.5%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.5%

Auburn University

3.5%

Buena Vista University

3.5%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

3.5%

Merced College

2.8%

Arkansas State University

2.8%

Fresno City College

2.8%

University of North Dakota

2.8%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

Psychology

8.5%

General Studies

7.1%

Accounting

7.1%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

Computer Science

5.4%

Education

4.8%

Graphic Design

4.4%

Nursing

4.2%

Health Care Administration

4.2%

Biology

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Management

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

English

3.1%

Communication

2.9%

Automotive Technology

2.7%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Political Science

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

41.0%

Bachelors

33.1%

Associate

12.6%

Certificate

5.4%

Masters

3.8%

Diploma

3.1%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Generator Worker

  1. Customer Service
  2. Safety Standards
  3. Birthday Parties
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  • Skilled in customer service and communication skills required to meet customer specifications for landscaping jobs.
  • Possess sound knowledge of hygiene and safety standards within the facility, and the self-discipline to enforce those standards.
  • General Worker including Material handler.
  • Unload trucks and move freight to the outbound side and load trucks using forklift or electric pallet jack
  • Roof and wall sheeting, installation of window and door frames, reading and interpreting plans, unloading and organizing material.

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Top 10 Best States for Generator Workers

  1. Nevada
  2. Connecticut
  3. Minnesota
  4. Alaska
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Illinois
  7. Washington
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Wisconsin
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