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Working As An Utility Person

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,808

    Average Salary

What Does An Utility Person 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 Utility Person

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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Utility Person Career Paths

Utility Person
Mechanic Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Attendant Technician Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
12 Yearsyrs
Assembler Production Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Assembler Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Attendant Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Assistant Superintendent Assistant Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Quality Assurance Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Security Officer Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Utility Person Demographics

Gender

Male

83.3%

Female

16.1%

Unknown

0.6%
Ethnicity

White

67.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.0%

Portuguese

8.0%

German

8.0%

Carrier

4.0%

Dakota

4.0%

Polish

4.0%
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Utility Person Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.7%

California University of Pennsylvania

8.6%

T.A. Lawson State Community College

5.7%

Central State University

5.7%

Community College of Allegheny County

5.7%

Central Piedmont Community College

4.3%

Vincennes University

4.3%

Patrick Henry Community College

4.3%

University of Hawaii at Manoa

4.3%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

4.3%

Lewis and Clark Community College

4.3%

A-Technical College

4.3%

Guilford Technical Community College

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Davenport University

4.3%

Springfield Technical Community College

2.9%

Hibbing Community College

2.9%

Saint Paul's College

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

25.8%

Criminal Justice

9.4%

General Studies

7.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.5%

Automotive Technology

5.0%

Accounting

4.7%

Precision Metal Working

4.4%

Industrial Technology

4.1%

Management

3.5%

Education

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Drafting And Design

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.3%

Computer Science

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

43.9%

Bachelors

18.3%

Associate

18.1%

Certificate

11.3%

Diploma

4.8%

Masters

2.8%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Utility Person

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  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Dishes
  3. Prep Food
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Dish washing Sweeping Mopping General Kitchen Maintenance Putting clean dishes where they suppose to go after they are clean
  • Wash dishes,prep food and various other kitchen duties.
  • Advertised restaurant promotions and operation protocols.
  • Recycle scrap metals and provide superior customer service* Operate forklift, loader and crane* Manage monthly inventory* Organize merchandise* Operate scale
  • Unloaded delivery trucks and stocked daily food and supply deliveries.

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