Learn about the Technician and Technician Categories in Equipment Manager

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When working in Equipment Manager there are five basic elements that are required to begin working as a Contractor. Those elements, Customer, Job Site, Equipment, Client and Technician are required to create any job. Here we will be explaining the Technician and how to set up a Technician in Equipment Manager.

Understanding the Technician

A Technician is defined as the person in the field doing the work on a piece of Equipment. There is no limit to the number of Technicians a Contractor can register in the system, and every Technician is required to be assigned to a Tech Category profile.  The Contractor can put as many or as few Technicians in a Tech Category profile. The Technician is directly tied to the Contractor, the Service Request and Time Manager. They are responsible for doing the work, including inspections, evaluations, replacements, service records, purchase orders, and reporting time.

Setting up a Tech Category profile in EM

To begin creating a new Technician, first create a category profile by navigating to the Technician listing page.

Tech Main Menu Button

This page will list all Technicians that the Contractor has created.  The Technicians listing will provide basic information about the tech including email, account login email, first and last name, category, and the status of the technician in the system.

Once a category has been created and a Technician assigned to it, the Tech cannot be removed from it.

Tech Nav Buttons

Technicians Listing Navigation

NAv to Tech Listing

Email:Allows users to open a new email that is addressed to the technician.

Tech Category:Page where users can create, edit, and disable a tech category.

Create Technician:Page where users can create a new Technician in the system.

Help:Shows this help text on the screen.

Navigating to Tech Category Listing

Once on the listing page as seen above in the Batjak example, select the Tech Category button at the top right of the screen.

Tech Cat

Navigating to Create Tech Category

This page contains a list of all Tech Categories that have been created by the Contractor. Information related to Title, Start Time, Break Duration, and Lunch Duration are listed on the page. From here navigate back to the upper right corner and select the Create Tech Category button.

Create Tech Cat

Once selected, the Create Tech Category Information screen will load allowing user to enter new information to create a new category.

Step 1: Creating a new Tech Category

The tech category needs to be created any time a technician is going to have a different start time or work different days of the week. Techs that follow the same schedule can be placed in the same category. The categories control what time of the day the techs day start, what days they work, what days they can take off, and rates that they can be billed at.

Daily Time Info

Start Time: When a technician starts their work day.

Working hours per day: How many hours the technician worked that day.

Lunch Duration: Timer to track lunch break duration.

Break Duration: Timer to track break duration.

Breaks per day: How many breaks the technician receives per day.

Allow Techs to Edit Time Punches: Do you want the Technician to be able to edit their punches after they have made them.

Regardless of the choice here, no Technician can ever edit the First Punch of any day. This prohibits the Technician from being able to change if they clock in late at the start of their day. This first punch can only be edited by a web user.

Grace Periods

Late Start: How many minutes after the tech is supposed to start according to the stated Start Time before the tech is considered late for work. If this time is exceeded, an email is sent to the defined Manager who is notified that the tech failed to Punch in to work on time.

Extended Lunch: How many minutes past the Lunch Duration is the tech allowed to extend his lunch before the system will take notice and notify the manager that the tech has exceeded his allowed amount of time for lunch.

Early Clock Out: How many minutes before the tech reaches the number of hours defined in his work day. If the tech has not worked required amount of work hours, the system will notify the manager that the technician ended their day early.

Late Clock Out: The amount of time allowed before a notification is sent to the manager that the tech has exceeded their work hours.

Work Assignments

Days Allowed to Schedule Work: What days can the technician be scheduled to perform jobs.

If the technician is assigned to work “On Call”, the days they are on call need to be included or he will not be able to create jobs if he has that ability. The dispatcher will also not be able to assign the tech jobs on any day that is not checked. It is recommended that if the tech handles work at any point on any day of the week that that day be checked.

Days Allowed to Request Off: What days are normal work days for the technician. These are days that they can schedule off.

This is where the user will want to define the Technician’s normal work days. If the tech normally works M-F, then the user will want to check those days. In that situation, it simply tells the system that the tech cannot request to take time off on a Saturday or Sunday.

Enable Find Work Order: Should the technician be allowed to search for other jobs and assign himself to any job that is open or closed in status.

Enable Create Work Order: Should the Technician be allowed to create a job from the mobile.

Creating jobs is designed for Technicians that are working on call and might not have access or knowledge to use the web interface to create a job through the Service Request page. Creating a job through the mobile will ask the Technician basic information, and then create and assign the Technician to the created job immediately. Once the job is created, it will notify the logistics/routing person that a job has been created, allowing them to fill in all missing information about that job.

Billable Rates

In Equipment Manager, Technicians submit labor hours for time worked on a project. Labor hours can be submitted by the Technician as straight, contract or overtime. These hours are used by the system to bill the Client via the invoice. These prices can be overridden by the use of the Client Specific Hourly Rate that can be set in the Client profile.

Straight Time: The rate that is invoiced for straight hours worked by this Technician.

Overtime: The rate that is invoiced for overtime hours worked by this Technician.

Contract Time: The rate that is billed for contract hours worked by this Technician.

Notifications

Manager Email: Who should get the emails for the techs in this group.

As noted above, Equipment Manager sends out email notifications when certain rules that are established have been broken. These emails are designed to keep managers notified if a tech is not following established procedure. Save Cancel

This completes the setup process for setting up a new Technician Category. Before continuing, please press the save button at the top right or bottom of the screen. Once saved, the user will be taken back to the Customer Listing page and will be able to see your new Customer in the listing.

Step 2: Creating a Technician

Once a Tech Category has been created, a Technician can now be added. Navigating back to the Technician listing page you will see and click on the Create Technician button.

Create Technician Button

Once pressed the Create Technician Information screen will load allowing the user to enter new information to create a new Technician.

Tech Information

Enter in basic information about the Technician.

Email (Mobile app login ID): This is a two-part field as it can be used to email the Technician and is also used as the Technician’s login for the Equipment Manager mobile app.

System Information

Username: This field is not used for anything.

Password: This is the password that the mobile user needs to login to the Equipment Manager App.

Clock Category: Select the category that the Technician should be assigned to.

Tech Spending Limit: You have the ability (if the tech has the permission from the Tech Category profile) to purchase items using a PO, to cap the amount of money that the subtotal balance of the PO the tech generates is allowed.

Exceeding Spending Limit: If the technician exceeds the limit set above, determine whether it allow and notify the manager that the tech spent too much money, or should it deny the tech the ability to purchase due to his subtotal exceeding the set limit. If the mobile denies the tech the ability to purchase, the mobile will show a screen telling the tech they have exceeded the limit and must adjust the PO to add up to a lower amount.

Email to notify if spending is exceeded: Who does the system send the notice to if the tech exceeds his limit.

Save Cancel Buttons

This completes the setup process for setting up a new Technician. Before continuing, press the save button at the top right or bottom of the screen to view the Technician in the listing.