Utility Systems Repairer Operator

Keep heating, cooling, electrical, and drainage networks up and running.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$26,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Utility Systems Repairer Operators do?

A Utility Systems Repairer Operator is like a Lion Tamer, coercing buildings into behaving by coddling their utility systems, including their air-conditioning, heating, water, sewage, and electricity systems. After all, although they’re man-made, buildings often have minds of their own. Like wild animals, they’re unpredictable, prone to fits of rebellion that manifest themselves in the form of disrepair and malfunction. Taming them often requires going into the belly of the beast — which in a building is typically its utilities.

As a Utility Systems Repairer Operator, you’re employed most often by universities, governments, and the military, all of which have large and complex networks of buildings that require coordinated and integrated maintenance. You’re a facilities expert who’s tasked, as your title suggests, with both operating and repairing said systems.

To that end, your common duties as a Utility Systems Repairer Operator include installing new utility systems, and performing checks, tests, adjustments, and troubleshooting tasks to determine the repair needs for and performance of existing utility systems. You also clean and maintain mechanical equipment, and respond to and investigate tenant and occupant complaints. In addition, you develop standard procedures in areas such as inspections, preventative maintenance, safety, training, procurement, inventory management, and process improvement.

Although you often serve tenants by overseeing the utility systems within buildings, you might also be hired to serve citizens by overseeing public utility systems and infrastructure, which deliver power and water to entire communities instead of individual facilities.

Either way, you’re basically several maintenance professionals — for example, an Air Conditioning Technician, a Heating-Equipment Repairer, a Water Treatment Plant Operator, and an Electrical Worker — all rolled into one!

Should I be an Utility Systems Repairer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Fuel Distribution System Operator, Pipeline Systems Operator

    How to Become an
    Utility Systems Repairer Operator

    Most Utility Systems Repairer Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9chaaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%2810%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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