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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
  • $39,000

    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
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Driver Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Electrician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operator Self-Employed Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Self-Employed Lead Person
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Welder Shop Foreman Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Welder Shop Foreman Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Journeyman Facilities Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Pest Control Technician Controls Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Coordinator Project Architect
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Graphic Packaging International
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Utility Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Utility Technician in the United States is $39,551 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

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Top Skills for An Utility Technician

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Heavy Equipment
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create and update operational and safety procedures.
  • Trained in procedures to operate heavy equipment in a safe environment and emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrated superior seamless customer service, integrity and commitment to innovation, efficiency and fiscally responsible activity.
  • Ensured completion of preventative maintenance and minor repairs to motorized vehicles and equipment operated.
  • Operated purified water systems and regenerative thermal oxidizer.

Utility Technician Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,638 Utility Technician resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Utility Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

75.7%

Female

14.0%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.0%

German

6.4%

Japanese

4.3%

Korean

4.3%

Urdu

2.1%

French

2.1%

Dakota

2.1%

Dari

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Dutch

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Polish

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%
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Utility Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

The Academy

8.3%

Henry Ford College

5.8%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

5.1%

Universal Technical Institute

5.1%

Purdue University

5.1%

Prince George's Community College

4.5%

Houston Community College

4.5%

Southwestern Illinois College

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Tidewater Community College

4.5%

University of South Florida

3.8%

Northeast Texas Community College

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Eastern Michigan University

3.8%

Trident Technical College

3.2%

University of Toledo

3.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

3.2%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

3.2%
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Majors

Business

21.0%

General Studies

7.6%

Criminal Justice

7.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.3%

Industrial Technology

4.1%

Automotive Technology

4.1%

Precision Metal Working

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Computer Science

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Computer Networking

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Engineering

2.8%

Education

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

37.8%

Bachelors

23.7%

Associate

19.8%

Certificate

9.8%

Masters

3.8%

Diploma

3.8%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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What is it like to work as an Utility Technician

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That I didn’t find this job during the time they were looking for full time employees. .. Show More

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May 27, 2019 on Zippia

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What do you like the most about working as Utility Technician?

Is very good to been a utility technician it give you more understanding.. Show More

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