Electrical and Electronics Installer and Repairer

What Does an Electrical and Electronics Installer and Repairer Do?
Technology has pervaded nearly every aspect of our lives and businesses. From everyday and routine technological products like automobiles and laptops to industry-specific mechanical devices like sophisticated military jets and huge newspaper printers, electrical and electronics installers and repairers are needed to look after the machines that actually put those products together. Rather than being responsible for the finished product, or even for the pieces that make up the finished product, electrical and electronics installers and repairers are responsible for the machines that make the product. Many installers and repairers travel to factories to repair faulty or malfunctioning equipment. They check for common causes of equipment failure, such as loose connections or worn-out pieces of machinery. If no common cause can be found, then the installers and repairers learn more about the specifics of the machine through analyzing the machine’s manufacturer’s specifications to see what does not match. After identifying the problem, the installers and repairers either fix or replace the faulty components of the equipment.

What Is the Employment and Salary Outlook for an Electrical and Electronics Installer and Repairer?
Installers and repairers are needed in almost every industry that deals with assembly, including the automotive industry and communications industry. With the never-ending drive for businesses to cut production costs, businesses will strive to improve and increase automation in their factories. This move towards more automation and industrial equipment gives electrical and electronics installers and repairers a steady job source. Yet, employment opportunities for electrical and electronics installers and repairers are predicted to be slow, increasing only five percent through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is because machinery will become more efficient and durable as technology progresses, which means less faulty equipment will need to be repaired. However, as advanced as technology becomes, it will never be perfect so there will always be a need for installers and repairers. Electrical and electronics installers and repairers earn an average hourly wage of $23.29, according to the latest information available from the Bureau.

How Can I Become an Electrical and Electronics Installer and Repairer?
Those who love to solve problems and fix things are prime candidates for becoming an electrical and electronics installer and repairer. However, passion and interest are not the only requirements of the profession. Aspiring electrical and electronics installers and repairers should strive to earn an associate degree in electronics, as most employers prefer those with this level of education. An associate degree typically takes about two years to earn and can be obtained from a community college or technical school. Students take courses in mathematics, chemistry, electronics terminology, and other classes that will build their knowledge of electrical components and how mechanical devices work. Job-specific skills, such as how to read analyze a piece of equipment’s manufacturing schematic, is usually taught to new hires on the job site. After completing the associate degree program, prospective installers and repairers will have to earn certification to work, which is offered by various organizations, such as the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) and the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET).