Electrical/Electronics Repairperson

Electrician Mechanic, Electronic Device Repairer, Electronics Specialist, Field Service Technician   More Names
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Description

Electrical and electronics repair people are responsible for diagnosing, repairing, and maintaining all electronic components, assemblies, and subassemblies for company vehicles, computers, security equipment, computerized fueling systems, and other related equipment. This includes working on heating, air conditioning, plumbing, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems; memory chips, relays, and other parts on printed electronic boards; printers; fare collection equipment; electrical fixtures; and two-way radios.

Electrical and electronics repair people must have mathematical skills up to algebra and trigonometry, computer skills, and verbal and written communication skills that allow them to document the work they perform. They must be able to understand and follow verbal, written, and demonstrated instructions. They need to be able to read and understand technical manuals, schematics, blueprints, and technical trade code books. They must understand digital and microprocessor theory and have the knowledge and ability to repair all types of solid state electronic equipment.

Electrical and electronics repair people must be able to work with computers, electronic test equipment, and small hand and power tools. They must possess logical and scientific thinking; understand the basic principles, practices, and techniques of electronic diagnosis and repair; and be able to troubleshoot electronic component problems. They must be able to work with minimum supervision, and do accurate, detailed work, in a timely and efficient manner. They must be able to work effectively in a diverse workforce, maintain good relationships with coworkers and supervisors, and work alone and as part of a team. They must understand and practice safety rules.

The electrical and electronics repair job requires both inside and outside work, and may involve exposure to temperature extremes, inclement weather conditions, dampness, vibrations, noise, dirt, fumes, cleaners, and electrical shocks. Electrical and electronics repair people spend most of their time working with their hands, and may work in confined spaces, at unusual heights, and in a garage environment. They work with other people, usually within a group or team, and they work under time pressure and must be exact and accurate. Electrical and electronics repair people must be willing to change shifts, and work extra hours and on days off.

Employers require a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate. They prefer individuals with training in a vocational school or an associate's degree in electronics technology or the equivalent, though a college degree is not required. Employers prefer people with previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience, preferably repairing electronic components, radios, or electronic equipment. Employers also prefer individuals with a commercial driver's license (CDL), a forklift operator certificate, a Federal Communications Commission license, or an electrician journeyman's license.

To qualify for a CDL, applicants must pass a knowledge test on rules and regulations and then demonstrate in a skills test that they can operate a bus safely. The Department of Transportation keeps a national database of all driving violations incurred by CDL holders, and a state may not issue a license to a person who has already had a license suspended or revoked in another state. Operators may hold only one license at a time, and must surrender all other driver's licenses upon receiving their new CDLs. Information on how to apply for a CDL and each type of endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
Not Available
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $44,530 - $67,510    Hourly: $21 - $32

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to lift weight and exert force
- Ability to climb, drawl, kneel, crouch, stoop, finger, grasp, lift up, push, pull, and reach up and out
- Ability to handle tools and keyboards

Legal Requirements
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $44,530 - $67,510

Hourly: $21 - $32