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TV Repair Education and Training Requirements

Television repair professionals require some formal education. Learn about the education, training and job duties to see if this is the right career for you.

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If you're interested in becoming a TV repair person, you won't need much postsecondary education. Take a look at education requirements, job duties, and training requirements to decide if this is a career that you want to consider.

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Essential Information

TV repair professionals adjust, install and repair television sets and other home electronic entertainment devices. In addition to completing a vocational or community college program, prospective TV repairmen typically undertake an apprenticeship, internship or on-the-job training.

Required Education A certificate or an associate's degree in electronics, telecommunications or computer technology
Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)* 2.4% for all electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers
Median Annual Salary (2015)* $37,790 for all electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

TV Repairman Education Requirements

Education for aspiring TV repairmen typically comes in the form of certificate or associate's degree programs. These TV repair programs might be offered at trade schools, community colleges or vocational schools. While it is not necessary for employment, potential TV repairmen may pursue a bachelor's degree in electronics if they're interested in obtaining additional education. To enter into these programs, a high school diploma or GED is required.

Classes in TV Repair

Courses in a TV repair education program start with the fundamentals of television's form and function and then tackle more advanced topics. Advanced courses might focus on techniques using TV testing equipment, which is a vital component to troubleshooting these devices to perform repair and installation.

Toward the end of these programs, classes focus on advanced theory for troubleshooting, repairing, analyzing and servicing televisions. Performing these duties involves circuit work and voltage examination, along with understanding special effects and features of modern television sets. In some cases, advanced TV repair classes cover complex topics like luminescence and chroma, television and radio frequencies, transistors and amplifiers, signal stages, circuit analysis and monitor principles.

Training Requirements

TV repair education needs to be supplemented with actual work and training experience. Several paths are available to obtain this TV repair training, including internships or externships while still enrolled in a TV repair program. Occasionally, employers hire TV repairmen and provide on-the-job training.

Apprenticeship programs are an effective choice for acquiring TV repair training. The U.S. Department of Labor (www.doleta.gov) offers a list of state apprenticeship programs. TV repairmen work underneath a mentor in these apprenticeship programs and learn the skills necessary for this occupation directly from them. Training length varies, and TV repairmen must keep current on changing technology and repairing techniques.

Someone who wants to be TV repairman might first look into completing an associate or certificate degree program in electronic technology. Apprenticeships are also greatly advised for giving you the skills you need. Some on-the-job training may possibly occur, although prior experience is expected by employers.

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