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Working As An IC Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $41,823

    Average Salary

What Does An IC Technician 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 An IC Technician

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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IC Technician Career Paths

IC Technician
Field Service Technician General Manager Maintenance Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Start-Up Engineer Engineer Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Manager General Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Operations Manager Assistant Director
Director
8 Yearsyrs
Start-Up Engineer Project Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Commissioning Technician IE Technician Instrument Technician
Electrical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Commissioning Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Sales Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Systems Engineer Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Business Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President
8 Yearsyrs
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IC Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

93.7%

Female

4.9%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

82.8%

Hispanic or Latino

8.3%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

Comanche

20.0%

IC Technician Education

Schools

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

22.9%

Perry Technical Institute

8.3%

ITI Technical College

7.3%

Sowela Technical Community College

6.3%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

6.3%

Lee College

5.2%

Lamar University

4.2%

University of Kansas

4.2%

Syracuse University

3.1%

San Jacinto College District

3.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.1%

Brazosport College

3.1%

Hamilton Technical College

3.1%

University of Phoenix

3.1%

Trident Technical College

3.1%

Bellingham Technical College

3.1%

The Academy

3.1%

Thomas More College

3.1%

Lamar Institute of Technology

2.1%

University of Maryland - University College

2.1%
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Majors

Music

22.5%

Electrical Engineering

22.5%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

12.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

12.5%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.7%

Business

3.3%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Computer Science

2.6%

General Studies

2.2%

Management

1.8%

Engineering Technology

1.8%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.1%

Nuclear Engineering Technology

1.1%

Information Technology

1.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

0.7%

Biology

0.7%
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Degrees

Other

36.7%

Associate

34.5%

Bachelors

14.6%

Certificate

6.6%

Diploma

3.8%

Masters

3.2%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for An IC Technician

SteamTurbineControlValvesDCSLevelTransmittersPLCRefuelOutageTemperatureSwitchesControlSystemsStart-UpSafetyTroubleshootControlRoomCalibrateInstrumentationPreventiveMaintenancePCTechnicianTestEquipmentFoxboroHoneywellCems

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Top IC Technician Skills

  1. Steam Turbine
  2. Control Valves
  3. DCS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed calibration on steam turbine and control instrumentation.
  • Performed troubleshooting and calibration of various control valves.
  • Assisted Plant Operations during start up of plant with problems associated with Ovation DCS.
  • Installed and calibrated wireless Accutech and Emerson level transmitters on tanks.
  • Pull and terminate control wire for PLC, Test psi pressure, read engineering drawing,

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