Courses that cover ATM repair are typically found in certificate or associate degree programs in general electronics repair or electronics technology, which are offered at numerous community colleges and technical schools. ATM repairers typically need at least some formal college-level training in electronics repair.
Many employers provide additional on-the-job training to teach technicians to service their specific ATM equipment. Professional organizations like the Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I) and the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET) offer certification options that also provide training for aspiring technicians or working technicians that want to advance their careers. Both organizations offer the Associate Certified Electronics Technician certification, which is an option for electronics technicians with less than two years of experience and a requirement before taking the more advanced Journeyman Certified Electronics Technician exam, also offered by both the ETA-I and the ISCET.
Here are some common concepts found in ATM repair courses:
- Electronics theory
- Use of electronics testing equipment
- Reading schematics
- AC and DC circuitry construction
- Circuit components
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Electronics Course
This course provides an introduction to electronics theory and various electronic components. Topics include electric currents, circuitry, power supplies and testing equipment. Some programs include a laboratory component, during which computer simulations stand in the place of electronic workstations and their components.
Techniques in Electronics Servicing and Troubleshooting Course
Students experience firsthand the electronic devices and equipment they might service in the field, such as automated teller machines and office equipment. They learn to read schematic diagrams and troubleshoot electronic issues common in these machines. Laboratory sessions allow the practice of diagnosing and repair techniques.
Electronic Circuitry Course
This course addresses both alternate (AC) and direct circuitry (DC). Instruction focuses on the construction and function of electronic circuitry found in electronic equipment, such as ATMs. Students learn to use electronic models to analyze and solve electronic circuitry issues.
Advanced Electronics Course
Lessons focus on devices such as semiconductors and their role in circuitry found in modern electronic equipment, including ATMs. Instruction addresses diodes, amplifiers, transistors and oscillators. A laboratory component is usually combined with instruction lectures.