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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
  • $36,630

    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
Truck Driver Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Machinist Mechanic Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Machinist Manufacturing Engineer Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Attendant Specialist Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Attendant Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Electrician Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Material Handler Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Operator Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Material Handler Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Utility Person Demographics

Gender

Male

82.5%

Female

16.7%

Unknown

0.7%
Ethnicity

White

83.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.0%

Portuguese

6.9%

German

6.9%

Carrier

6.9%

Vietnamese

3.4%

Dakota

3.4%

Polish

3.4%
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Utility Person Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.4%

California University of Pennsylvania

7.5%

T.A. Lawson State Community College

6.0%

Community College of Allegheny County

6.0%

Hibbing Community College

4.5%

Wayne State University

4.5%

Vincennes University

4.5%

Patrick Henry Community College

4.5%

University of Hawaii at Manoa

4.5%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

4.5%

Lewis and Clark Community College

4.5%

Central State University

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Davenport University

4.5%

Saint Paul's College

3.0%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.0%

Boston College

3.0%

Lincoln Land Community College

3.0%

Columbus State Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Business

26.0%

Criminal Justice

9.7%

General Studies

8.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.3%

Precision Metal Working

4.3%

Industrial Technology

4.0%

Automotive Technology

4.0%

Accounting

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Management

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Drafting And Design

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Communication

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Pharmacy

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

42.6%

Bachelors

18.7%

Associate

17.9%

Certificate

11.7%

Diploma

4.9%

Masters

3.3%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Utility Person

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Top Utility Person Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Prep Food
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Wash dishes,prep food and various other kitchen duties.
  • Provided customer service, answered telephones, and sold parts through our supply automated program.
  • Operated forklifts, stock pickers, and a 20 Ton overhead crane to move materials around the facility safely.
  • Performed preventative maintenance tasks on manufacturing equipment
  • Cleaned tables made bag meals, used the fryer and dishwasher to clean plates and trays.

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