Do you like electronics and have a natural curiosity as to how they function, how they are put together, and how they can be taken apart? Do you also have an interest in circuitry and how electricity runs throughout equipment? Would you like to not only repair damaged equipment, but also work in an environment in which you help others on a daily basis?
If you answered yes, then you should consider a diploma in electronics technology and a career as an electrical and electronics installer and repairer.(1)
An Electrical and Electronics Installer and Repairer has a long and extensive list of duties they go through every single day, and while most of the time it involves working on electronics and equipment, they have some administrative duties as well.
An electrical and electronics installer and repairer is usually responsible for:(2)
Modern day technical facilities such as manufacturing plants and transportation systems use a great deal of electrical and electronic equipment on a day-to-day basis, and it is up to certified installer and repairers to keep these complex systems and electronics repaired and running.
While most of the time an installer and repairer will have standard tools like, pliers, screwdrivers, and wrenches to manually repair equipment, they often use software in order to diagnose malfunctions in automated electronic control systems. Some of their diagnostic tools include multimeters that measure voltage, current, and resistance and an advanced version of the multimeter, which measures the capacitance, inductance, and current gain of transistors.(2)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers work in a variety of technical industries and have numerous job titles, here are a few:
To be considered as an Electrical and Electronics Installer and Repairer, you should have taken related courses at a community college or technical school, or have graduated with a degree or certificate that specializes in electronics and electrical equipment.
Overall, a career as an electrical and electronics installer and repairer may be ideal if you enjoy electronics, and not only getting into the core of electrical equipment, but taking pride in being able to solve the issues that you find there.(1)
(1) Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates.