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What Does A Power Generation Technician Do?

When you need electricity on the spot, you need a power generation technician to keep your power source up and running. A power generation technician, also called a generator technician, sets up and repairs all components of power generation systems that provide electrical power. These systems are driven by gaseous- or diesel-fueled engines used by utilities, oil and gas companies, hospitals, emergency responders, the military, commercial companies and individuals. 

Other generator applications include residential, recreational and commercial vehicles, including personal and commercial boats.

These technicians troubleshoot, service and monitor many types of complex combustion systems, including hydraulic, mechanical and electrical components. They provide field service support on site. The work may require troubleshooting in challenging environments and overtime for after-hours emergencies. 

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$ 51,000 - $ 115,000
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A power generation technician, or generator technician, performs preventative maintenance on a power system.
Power generation technicians are the specialty mechanics who literally keep the lights on by making sure industrial generator equipment is running smoothly. (Credit: Mark Agnor/Shutterstock)
Job Responsibilities
  • Install generators and other power generation systems
  • Diagnose and repair problems with generators, transfer switches, switchgear and other mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Install and troubleshoot Modbus and LonWorks communications networks and Cloud Solutions
  • Perform preventive maintenance tasks such as lubrication and load testing
  • Test systems for efficiency and output
  • Clearly communicate problems with customer 
  • Share feedback with about machine reliability to inform future equipment design improvements 
  • Follow safety protocols 
Education and Training

Employers require a high school diploma or equivalent, and many are looking for specialized training, such as an associate degree or specific training certificates. Some companies will offer on-the-job training, including apprenticeships. 

Programs are offered by trade schools, community colleges and companies that provide manufacturer-specific programs. Training involves electrical system fundamentals, power and control electronics, load bank testing and preventive maintenance. Some programs require prerequisite courses, such as diesel technology. Look for accredited programs or those approved by the Electrical Generator Systems Association (EGSA).

Military training in power generation or prior power generation related experience is also beneficial.

Some employers require a Class A commercial driver’s license.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Have a strong mechanical and electrical aptitude
  • Have good manual dexterity
  • Work well with others 
  • Have sound judgement
  • Are highly organized

Power Generation Technician Training in Your Area

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University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College logo

Diesel Technology Certificate

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock (248.8 Miles)
Three Rivers College logo

Green Diesel, Certificate

Three Rivers College
Poplar Bluff (292.5 Miles)
Three Rivers College logo

Green Diesel Technology, Certificate

Three Rivers College
Poplar Bluff (292.5 Miles)
Des Moines Area Community College logo

Diesel Technology Diploma

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankey (341.0 Miles)
Des Moines Area Community College logo

Diesel Technology, A.A.S

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankey (341.0 Miles)
Northeast Community College logo

Diesel Technology - Agriculture, A.A.S.

Northeast Community College
Norfolk (354.2 Miles)
Amarillo College logo

Diesel Technology- Basic Certificate

Amarillo College
Amarillo (366.5 Miles)
Amarillo College logo

Diesel Technology- Advanced Certificate

Amarillo College
Amarillo (366.5 Miles)
Amarillo College logo

Diesel Technology, A.A.S.

Amarillo College
Amarillo (366.5 Miles)
Amarillo College logo

Diesel Technology (With CDL), A.A.S.

Amarillo College
Amarillo (366.5 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Diesel Technology Certificate

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Diesel Technology, A.A.S.

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
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Jenny Bush has a history of choosing the path less taken. The girls in her family had always become nurses, but not Jenny. She opted for an apprenticeship with Shell Oil, where she was the first female technician in that role. 

That was 1995. Today she's vice president of sales and service North America for Cummins, a company where she has taken on a variety of different roles and loved every one of them. Her secret to success is that she's always open to new opportunities.

"In every role, learn, learn, learn," she says. "I was able to progress because I sought out new experiences and built on the knowledge I had. I usually took on more than my fair share of work and I always wanted to gain new skills."

Find out more about Jenny's story and why she's excited about the future of Cummins.

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