Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers
Training & Qualifications
Most electrical and electronics installers and repairers need specialized courses at a technical college prior to employment. Gaining certification is common and can be useful in getting a job.
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers must understand electrical equipment and electronics. As a result, employers often prefer applicants who have taken courses in electronics at a community college or technical school. Courses usually cover AC and DC electronics, electronic devices, and microcontrollers. It is important for prospects to choose schools that include hands-on training in order to gain practical experience.
In addition to technical education, workers usually receive training on specific types of equipment. This may involve manufacturer-specific training in order for repairers to perform warranty work.
Entry-level repairers usually begin by working with experienced technicians who provide technical guidance and work independently after developing their skills.
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
While certification is not required, a number of organizations offer certification which can be useful in getting a job. A number of organizations offer certification. For example, the Electronics Technicians Association International (ETA International) offers more than 50 certification programs in numerous electronics specialties for various levels of competency. The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET) also offers certification for several levels of competence. The ISCET focuses on a broad range of topics, including basic electronics, electronic systems, and appliance service. To become certified, applicants must meet prerequisites and pass a comprehensive exam.
Color vision. Workers must be able to identify the color-coded components that are often used in electronic equipment.
Communication skills. Field technicians work closely with customers, so they must listen to and understand customers' descriptions of problems and explain solutions in a simple, clear manner.
Physical stamina. Some workers must stand at their station for their full shift, which can be tiring.
Physical strength. Workers may need to lift heavy parts during the repair process. Some components weigh over 50 pounds.
Technical skills. Workers use a variety of mechanical and diagnostic tools to install or repair equipment.
Troubleshooting skills. Workers must be able to identify problems with equipment and systems and make the necessary repairs.