What does a Service Technician do?

Service technicians, also referred to as field service technicians, are responsible for providing different services, depending on their area of expertise, and diagnosing problems and making repairs. They will often go to their client's business or home to install something or make repairs. Service technicians may work on appliances, automobiles, computers and many other things.

The only required education you need to work as a service technician is a high school diploma. However, you may wish to get a technical certificate or Associate's degree to become further educated in the area in which you work. There may also be certifications you can earn for these areas. To work as a service technician, you will need to be able to troubleshoot and repair problems. You will need to be good at time management and able to work a flexible schedule because you may get a service call at any time and you may not be able to estimate how long some calls may take. Good communication and interpersonal skills are vital since you will be working closely with customers.

  • Install new products, and test them to ensure they are working correctly
  • Educating the client on how to use and maintain their device
  • Perform maintenance and provide customer support
  • Diagnose problems and come up with solutions to repair them
  • Order parts needed for repairs if needed
  • Fill out detailed reports and keep records on services that have been performed
  • Explain issues with equipment and repairs to customers
  • Build and maintain relationships with customers
  • Ability to install, repair, service, test and troubleshoot equipment
  • Must be able to read blueprints and diagrams
  • Ability to work flexible hours and work around a changing schedule
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and diagnostic skills
  • Working knowledge of the equipment needed for the job
  • Ability to work independently without much supervision
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the job which include bending, lifting heavy equipment and working in confined spaces
  • driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to effectively manage time
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Service Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$51,584 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $52K
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EQS Technician (Equipment Services Technician)
Feb. 21, 2021

“Good reviews get you 10 cents an hour bad reviews get you a dollar an hour.”

United Air-Temp Air Conditioning and HeatingUnited Air-Temp Air Conditioning and Heating
HVAC Service Technician
Mar. 17, 2021

“They have a good management program but you have to work your way up the ladder.”

Integrity Pool Care (CA )
Pool Service Technician
Dec. 1, 2019

“The training is EXTREMELY detailed but prepares you to handle many situations you'll see daily.”

Equity ResidentialEquity Residential
Service Technician
May 21, 2020

“The pay in my opinion isn't worth it for how miserable the job really is.”

Randazzo Heating & CoolingRandazzo Heating & Cooling
Service Technician
Aug. 30, 2019

“Pay is good and the sky is the limit for those who see HVAC as a career and not just a job.”

Affordable Comfort Air Conditioning & Heating
Residential HVAC Sales & Service Technician
Sep. 13, 2020

“The pay was really well if you accepted his commission based pay scale but make sure you save up for when its slow”

Lucid MotorsLucid Motors
Service Technician
Jul. 14, 2021

“Love coming to work everyday and I look forward to a bright future and career here!”

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Graduate Pest Control Technician
Oct. 21, 2020

“Probably a fantastic job if you are career minded and don't have a life outside of work”

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