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ELECTRONICS MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN: Solving People's Problems With Your Expertise

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Eric, an electronics maintenance technician, studied electronics in college as well as the military, where he worked on weapons systems. His favorite part of the job is helping to solve people's problems and getting them back to doing their work.

Job Title: Electronics Maintenance Technician
Employer: The Light Source

Job Summary: Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

Job Description

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers install, repair, or replace a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and other industries. Commercial and industrial equipment electrical and electronics repairers repair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Electronics Technicians Association International (ETA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='16140'>here.</span> <span m='16845'>A</span> <span m='17260'>typical</span> <span m='17610'>day</span> <span m='17920'>for</span> <span m='18530'>us</span> <span m='20290'>is</span> <span m='20670'>basically</span> <span m='21410'>maintaining</span> <span m='22150'>and</span> <span m='22370'>upkeeping</span> <span m='22820'>The</span> <span m='23030'>Light Source.</span> </p><p><span m='24980'>So</span> <span m='25130'>another</span> <span m='25400'>thing,</span> <span m='25640'>like,</span> <span m='25950'>let's say if I'm</span> <span m='26260'>working</span> <span m='26660'>on</span> <span m='28206'>some</span> <span m='28680'>component</span> <span m='29020'>level</span> <span m='29220'>work</span> <span m='29530'>here,</span> <span m='29940'>replacing</span> <span m='30370'>some</span> <span m='30830'>diodes</span> <span m='31264'>and such</span> <span m='33000'>to</span> <span m='33130'>help out</span> <span m='33380'>the</span> <span m='33460'>users,</span> <span m='33910'>because</span> <span m='34190'>one</span> <span m='34240'>of their</span> <span m='35240'>supplies</span> <span m='35840'>are</span> <span m='35920'>down.</span> <span m='36180'>So</span> <span m='37006'>hopefully</span> <span m='37420'>we can</span> <span m='37550'>replace</span> <span m='38170'>it</span> <span m='38330'>and</span> <span m='38560'>get</span> <span m='38740'>them</span> <span m='38870'>back</span> <span m='39110'>working.</span> <span m='40400'>I</span> <span m='40490'>got</span> <span m='41210'>into</span> <span m='41300'>this</span> <span m='41460'>field.</span> <span m='42990'>I</span> <span m='43340'>did</span> <span m='43760'>go</span> <span m='43900'>through</span> <span m='44020'>an</span> <span m='44100'>apprenticeship,</span> <span m='45260'>through</span> <span m='45360'>the</span> <span m='45430'>military.</span> <span m='46810'>I</span> <span m='46960'>also</span> <span m='47190'>had</span> <span m='47410'>some</span> <span m='47590'>college</span> <span m='47880'>work</span> <span m='48700'>and</span> <span m='48880'>electronics.</span> </p><p><span m='51840'>My</span> <span m='52170'>main</span> <span m='52510'>background</span> <span m='53040'>was</span> <span m='53250'>I</span> <span m='53360'>did</span> <span m='53930'>some</span> <span m='54650'>electronic</span> <span m='55110'>work</span> <span m='55280'>while I</span> <span m='55550'>was in</span> <span m='55770'>the</span> <span m='55840'>military.</span> <span m='57680'>So it</span> <span m='57870'>does</span> <span m='58890'>pretty</span> <span m='59070'>much,</span> <span m='61710'>I</span> <span m='61800'>guess</span> <span m='62000'>are</span> <span m='62580'>equal.</span> <span m='63110'>Of</span> <span m='63390'>course it's</span> <span m='63760'>different</span> <span m='64090'>ones,</span> <span m='64300'>The</span> <span m='64360'>Light Source</span> <span m='64840'>and</span> <span m='64940'>I</span> <span m='64980'>worked</span> <span m='65280'>on</span> <span m='65570'>a</span> <span m='65680'>weapon</span> <span m='65970'>system.</span> <span m='66380'>So</span> <span m='66860'>a</span> <span m='67340'>slight</span> <span m='67660'>difference</span> <span m='68000'>there,</span> <span m='68160'>but</span> <span m='68310'>the</span> <span m='68400'>concept</span> <span m='68840'>and the</span> <span m='69150'>theory are</span> <span m='69460'>pretty</span> <span m='69600'>much</span> <span m='69790'>the</span> <span m='69880'>same.</span> <span m='72290'>So</span> <span m='72450'>what</span> <span m='72560'>I</span> <span m='73080'>wish</span> <span m='73190'>I would</span> <span m='73230'>have</span> <span m='73530'>known</span> <span m='74300'>coming</span> <span m='74800'>into</span> <span m='75000'>this</span> <span m='75230'>field,</span> <span m='76670'>it's</span> <span m='77090'>how</span> <span m='77220'>much</span> <span m='78270'>more</span> <span m='78500'>rewarding</span> <span m='79240'>it</span> <span m='79580'>is.</span> </p><p><span m='79670'>It may</span> <span m='79870'>sound,</span> <span m='80360'>as an</span> <span m='80850'>electronic</span> <span m='81610'>technician,</span> <span m='82322'>it</span> <span m='82680'>could</span> <span m='82800'>be</span> <span m='83740'>somewhat</span> <span m='84110'>vague</span> <span m='84490'>and maybe</span> <span m='84780'>boring,</span> <span m='85270'>but</span> <span m='87220'>the</span> <span m='87700'>reward</span> <span m='88080'>that</span> <span m='88200'>you</span> <span m='88320'>get</span> <span m='88900'>is</span> <span m='89200'>when</span> <span m='89330'>you</span> <span m='89440'>find</span> <span m='89740'>a</span> <span m='89780'>problem,</span> <span m='90610'>and</span> <span m='90750'>the</span> <span m='90820'>people</span> <span m='91100'>that</span> <span m='91250'>you</span> <span m='91360'>work</span> <span m='91640'>with,</span> <span m='92300'>everybody</span> <span m='92870'>coming</span> <span m='93140'>together</span> <span m='93560'>and</span> <span m='93770'>figuring</span> <span m='94160'>out</span> <span m='95020'>what's</span> <span m='95370'>wrong</span> <span m='95690'>with</span> <span m='95840'>the</span> <span m='96090'>issue.</span> <span m='97290'>And</span> <span m='97600'>once</span> <span m='97790'>you</span> <span m='97890'>figure</span> <span m='98270'>it</span> <span m='98330'>out,</span> <span m='98660'>and</span> <span m='98820'>then you</span> <span m='99040'>give</span> <span m='99250'>it</span> <span m='99400'>back</span> <span m='99660'>to</span> <span m='99750'>the</span> <span m='99840'>person,</span> <span m='100105'>and they</span> <span m='100370'>say hey,</span> <span m='100680'>it's</span> <span m='101000'>great,</span> <span m='101720'>thank</span> <span m='102060'>you.</span> <span m='102290'>I'm</span> <span m='102690'>able</span> <span m='102970'>to</span> <span m='103650'>go</span> <span m='103790'>back</span> <span m='104080'>to</span> <span m='104180'>what</span> <span m='104280'>I</span> <span m='104350'>was</span> <span m='104580'>doing</span> <span m='105210'>in</span> <span m='105370'>my</span> <span m='105560'>research.</span> </p><p><span m='106170'>That's</span> <span m='106660'>rewarding</span> <span m='107010'>to</span> <span m='107120'>me.</span> <span m='107990'>So,</span> <span m='108580'>yeah,</span> <span m='109400'>I wish</span> <span m='109500'>I'd</span> <span m='109750'>known</span> <span m='110450'>it</span> <span m='110820'>would have been</span> <span m='110880'>a little</span> <span m='111050'>bit</span> <span m='111190'>more--</span> <span m='112250'>saying,</span> <span m='112650'>like, it's</span> <span m='112890'>a</span> <span m='112940'>rewarding</span> <span m='113360'>field.</span> <span m='114560'>And</span> <span m='114730'>then</span> <span m='114930'>you</span> <span m='115020'>can</span> <span m='115140'>help</span> <span m='115330'>people</span> <span m='115655'>out</span> <span m='116730'>by</span> <span m='117200'>your</span> <span m='117430'>expertise</span> <span m='117940'>and</span> <span m='118060'>knowledge.</span> <span m='119240'>And other</span> <span m='119660'>people</span> <span m='119880'>count</span> <span m='120090'>on</span> <span m='120230'>you</span> <span m='120390'>to</span> <span m='121850'>fix</span> <span m='122280'>their</span> <span m='122780'>gear.</span> <span m='123140'>So</span> <span m='123950'>I</span> <span m='124090'>find</span> <span m='124350'>that</span> <span m='124510'>to</span> <span m='124570'>be</span> <span m='124760'>very</span> <span m='125060'>rewarding,</span> <span m='125974'>and</span> <span m='126431'>I</span> <span m='126890'>wish I</span> <span m='127070'>would have</span> <span m='127190'>known</span> <span m='127760'>more</span> <span m='128070'>of that,</span> <span m='128289'>how</span> <span m='128740'>much</span> <span m='128930'>funner it</span> <span m='129210'>can</span> <span m='129470'>be.</span> <span m='129900'>Not just,</span> <span m='130180'>hey,</span> <span m='130454'>it's</span> <span m='130729'>electronics,</span> <span m='131440'>and</span> <span m='132180'>that's</span> <span m='132350'>pretty</span> <span m='132510'>much</span> <span m='132760'>it.</span> <span m='133110'>It's</span> <span m='133270'>actually a</span> <span m='133530'>pretty rewarding</span> <span m='134010'>field.</span> <span m='134320'>So</span> <span m='134800'>I</span> <span m='134890'>do</span> <span m='135050'>enjoy</span> <span m='135390'>it very</span> <span m='135630'>much.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255762,"video_id":"2700053043001","name":"69659412","duration":136832,"thumbnail_url":null}});