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Working As An Utility Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $42,950

    Average Salary

What Does An Utility 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 Utility 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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Utility Technician Career Paths

Utility Technician
Operator Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Utility Worker Correction Officer Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Technician Operations Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Production Operator Production Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Utility Worker Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Technician Operation Supervisor Production Manager
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
Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Operator Quality Control Inspector Field Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Service Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Utility Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

16.2%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.1%

German

9.7%

Japanese

6.5%

French

6.5%

Carrier

6.5%

Korean

6.5%

Dutch

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%
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Utility Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.2%

Henry Ford College

7.6%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

6.3%

Northeast Texas Community College

6.3%

Southwestern Illinois College

5.1%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

5.1%

New Mexico State University

5.1%

Guilford Technical Community College

3.8%

Forsyth Technical Community College

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.8%

Texas Southern University

3.8%

Eastern Michigan University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

A-Technical College

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of Toledo

3.8%

Midlands Technical College

3.8%

Jones County Junior College

3.8%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.8%

Central New Mexico Community College

3.8%
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Majors

Business

22.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.1%

General Studies

6.9%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.9%

Automotive Technology

4.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.3%

Accounting

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Precision Metal Working

3.6%

Education

3.6%

Information Technology

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Computer Science

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

39.8%

Bachelors

22.6%

Associate

18.5%

Certificate

9.3%

Masters

4.6%

Diploma

3.9%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for An Utility Technician

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Top Utility Technician Skills

  1. Safe Operation
  2. Procedures
  3. Boilers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained safe operation of the company box truck.
  • Provided seminars to 2,500 personnel on policies and procedures governing to maintenance request concerning lodging, office, and general facilities.
  • Maintained water distribution systems, heating systems and boilers on US Naval bases.
  • Repair warranty units as requested by customers.
  • Maintain and operate plant air compressors and all related systems.

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