What To Expect The Power Plant Technician IV worker, (facility maintenance technician) is the highest level position. Workers at this level perform general facility maintenance and may be required to operate and maintain low and high pressure heating boilers, refrigeration equipment, and furnaces. They also perform heating and power plant technician duties and general maintenance. These workers maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.
Work Environment General maintenance technicians they often carry out many different tasks in a single day. They work at any number of locations, both indoor and outdoor. They work inside a single building, such as a public and private schools, municipal facilities, hotels or hospitals, or are responsible for the maintenance of many buildings, such as those in an apartment complex, or college campus. These technicians are often hired as supervising stationary engineers in power plants such as electric generating plants.
Pay The median annual wage of these technicians is $62,000 and 120,000 with overtime.
Job Outlook Employment of these facility maintenance technicians is expected to grow 11 percent from by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Work Schedules Most facility maintenance technicians work full time. Some work evening, night, or weekend shifts or are on call for emergency repairs. These facility maintenance technicians may work alone or manage a staff of facility engineers, boiler and refrigeration operators, maintenance workers and custodial workers.. Higher paying jobs in this field typically require vocational school certificate, trade certification, or trade license.
Must have one of the following: Second Class Stationary Engineering license, Power Plant Technician III course, or accepted experience recognized by city, state or federal government. Students must also be working in the field to be eligible to take this course.