With a high school diploma or GED and some formal postsecondary training, you might be able to land a job in electrical or electronic installation and repair. Degree programs can work to your advantage as can voluntary certification.
Electrical repair and maintenance programs teach students how to repair electrical systems and electronic parts. Individuals may consider a certificate program in electrical repair or maintenance or a degree program in electrical engineering. The programs typically instruct students in safety procedures and electrical codes. Students might also learn about technical math and science as well as electrical installation, troubleshooting and repair. Though a degree isn't required for all electrical repair and maintenance positions, an associate's degree or certificate may increase an individual's chances for obtaining a job in the field.
|Career Titles||Automotive Electronic Equipment Installer and Repairer||Commercial/Industrial Electronic Equipment Installer and Repairer|
|Required Education||Postsecondary non-degree award||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Certification||Optional certification available||Optional certification available|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||-50%||0%|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$31,360||$55,690|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Electrical and repair and maintenance workers work with a variety of electrical equipment in industries such as transportation, telecommunications and utilities. Potential job options include field technicians and automotive electronic equipment installers or repairers, among others.
Automotive Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers
Automotive electronic equipment installers and repairers install, service and repair electronic systems in motor vehicles, such as audio and security systems, navigation equipment, power locks and power windows. Tasks can range from simple wiring replacement to installation of complex electronic systems. The job requires individuals to keep up with changing technology in motor vehicles. According to the BLS, employment for automotive electronic equipment installers and repairers is expected to experience a slight job decline, by 50 percent between 2014 and 2024. The BLS reports that the median annual salary for automotive electronic equipment installers and repairers was $31,360 in 2015.
Commercial/Industrial Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers
Commercial and industrial electronic equipment installers and repairers, also known as field technicians, install and maintain a variety of electrical systems, which includes making sure that they are in working order and performing repair work where necessary. They may work in homes, businesses or electrical transmission centers. Some field technicians are employed on a contract basis, while others might work in a salaried position. Many field technicians are responsible for routine maintenance, and they may operate on an on-call basis for emergency repair work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted employment for commercial and industrial electrical and electronic installers and repairers will show little or no change between 2014 and 2024. Salary information for electrical and electronic installers and repairers depends on their position and job location. In 2015, the median annual salary for electrical and electronics repairers of commercial and industrial equipment was $55,690, according to the BLS.
Because of the dim projection for available positions for automotive electronic equipment installers and repairers, if you're still interested in the field, you might want to avail yourself of an appropriate certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree and any pertinent certifications. This can only increase your standing and marketability and even chances to secure a position in the somewhat more attractive field of commercial and industrial electronic equipment installation and repair.