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.
- 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.
- 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