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Working As A Plant Technician

  • 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 Plant 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 A Plant 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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Plant Technician Career Paths

Plant Technician
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Specialist Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Field Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Plant Operator Hvac Technician Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Plant Operator Hvac Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Plant Operator Hvac Technician Maintenance Manager
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Lead Technician Vice President
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Operator 4.2 years
Utility Technician 3.3 years
Line Technician 3.2 years
Plant Technician 3.0 years
Technician 2.7 years
Plant Worker 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Plant Technician
Technician 12.6%
Cashier 9.5%
Internship 7.4%
Supervisor 6.4%
Operator 3.9%
Manager 3.3%
Mechanic 3.1%
Volunteer 3.1%
Assistant 3.1%
Top Careers After Plant Technician
Technician 11.4%
Supervisor 5.6%
Cashier 5.0%
Driver 4.5%
Manager 4.4%
Internship 4.2%
Owner 3.9%
Assistant 3.7%
Operator 3.3%

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Plant Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

68.0%

Female

23.4%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.1%

French

6.4%

Russian

6.4%

Carrier

4.3%

Chinese

2.1%

Turkish

2.1%

German

2.1%

Dakota

2.1%

Ukrainian

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Croatian

2.1%
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Plant Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.0%

Bismarck State College

6.6%

Colorado State University

6.6%

Michigan State University

5.8%

University of Florida

4.4%

Miami Dade College

4.4%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

University of Toledo

3.6%

York Technical College

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

Delgado Community College

3.6%

West Virginia University

3.6%

Southern University at New Orleans

3.6%

Vance-Granville Community College

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.6%

University of Texas at El Paso

3.6%

Oregon State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

19.2%

Electrical Engineering

8.9%

Plant Sciences

7.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.1%

General Studies

5.5%

Biology

5.5%

Environmental Science

5.4%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Management

4.4%

Computer Science

4.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Engineering

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Chemistry

2.4%

Information Technology

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

33.4%

Bachelors

30.9%

Associate

17.9%

Masters

7.3%

Certificate

6.6%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.4%
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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%
$66,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Graphic Packaging International
Highest Paying City
Gresham, OR
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Plant Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Plant Technician in the United States is $44,154 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

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Top Skills for A Plant Technician

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Plant Operations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow company safety procedures and Code of federal Regulation requirements.
  • Operated high speed bottling and packaging equipment, equipment troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, sanitation, quality inspections and data recording.
  • Monitor and control plant Operations, production and quality, anticipate/solving problems/identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Handled customer service matters daily and effectively resolved customer issues tactfully.
  • Processed waste oils into a #5 fuel oil.

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