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What Is a Generator Technician and How to Become One

What Is a Generator Technician and How to Become One Image

What Does a Generator Technician Do?

A generator technician services and installs generator systems and related equipment, which are often run on heavy diesel or gas-fueled combustion engines, and are used to provide electrical power. As one of these specialized mechanics, your duties include making repairs to generators, testing and monitoring the engines’ combustion systems, and ensuring the energy output is efficient. In addition to installing generators and making mechanical repairs, you may also have to transport or dispose of hazardous and flammable materials.

How to Become a Generator Technician

You need a high school diploma or the equivalent to become a generator technician. Some jobs require a vocational certificate or associate’s degree in generator technology, mechanical engineering, or a related field; others only require an apprenticeship or on the job training. In these education programs and apprenticeships, you study the basics of generator technology, engine repair, and mechanics to gain the skills you need. Other qualifications include knowledge of fire codes, state and federal safety regulations, and internal combustion engines, as well as physical stamina. You can also choose to become a certified generator technician by completing the requirements set forth by a reputable agency, such as the Electrical Generator Systems Association (EGSA).