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ELECTRONICS MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN, IN-DEPTH: The Spark Of A Childhood Experience

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Eric, an electronics maintenance technician, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. Eric became interested in electronics when he and a friend were taking apart and putting back together a piece of equipment, literally sparking his interest.

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
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills

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<span m='14250'>all</span> <span m='14380'>have</span> <span m='15110'>pretty</span> <span m='15520'>similar</span> <span m='15900'>backgrounds.</span> <span m='16550'>But</span> <span m='17800'>a</span> <span m='17920'>complex</span> <span m='18490'>problem</span> <span m='18860'>that</span> <span m='19020'>we</span> <span m='19150'>get</span> <span m='19840'>and</span> <span m='20240'>we</span> <span m='20640'>can't</span> <span m='20860'>figure</span> <span m='21130'>it out</span> <span m='21250'>on</span> <span m='21410'>your</span> <span m='21530'>own,</span> <span m='21720'>it's</span> <span m='22120'>good</span> <span m='22320'>to</span> <span m='22380'>have</span> <span m='23140'>other</span> <span m='23360'>people's</span> <span m='23780'>input</span> <span m='24270'>to say,</span> <span m='24450'>hey,</span> <span m='24620'>did</span> <span m='24810'>you</span> <span m='24910'>look</span> <span m='25110'>at</span> <span m='25260'>it</span> <span m='25380'>that</span> <span m='25600'>way</span> <span m='26570'>and</span> <span m='27250'>what</span> <span m='27480'>not?</span> </p><p><span m='27790'>So</span> <span m='28210'>I</span> <span m='28350'>do</span> <span m='28550'>enjoy</span> <span m='28830'>working</span> <span m='29160'>with</span> <span m='29330'>great</span> <span m='29550'>people</span> <span m='30926'>from</span> <span m='31310'>within</span> <span m='31620'>here</span> <span m='31920'>in</span> <span m='32009'>the</span> <span m='32070'>shop</span> <span m='32450'>and</span> <span m='32785'>the</span> <span m='33120'>control</span> <span m='33415'>room</span> <span m='33710'>and</span> <span m='34350'>what</span> <span m='34540'>not.</span> <span m='34800'>So</span> <span m='35140'>having</span> <span m='35420'>different</span> <span m='35740'>insights</span> <span m='36950'>and</span> <span m='37350'>what</span> <span m='37640'>not with the</span> <span m='37930'>people</span> <span m='38230'>makes</span> <span m='38480'>it</span> <span m='38630'>really</span> <span m='38820'>great.</span> <span m='39380'>So</span> <span m='39730'>I</span> <span m='39850'>do</span> <span m='40010'>enjoy</span> <span m='41000'>working with great people.</span> </p><p><span m='41806'>The</span> <span m='42210'>challenging</span> <span m='42730'>part</span> <span m='43050'>is,</span> <span m='43550'>I</span> <span m='43650'>guess,</span> <span m='44880'>when</span> <span m='45060'>you</span> <span m='45160'>do</span> <span m='45300'>have</span> <span m='45500'>an</span> <span m='45580'>issue</span> <span m='46080'>with</span> <span m='46380'>a</span> <span m='46510'>certain</span> <span m='46770'>type</span> <span m='46990'>of</span> <span m='47110'>gear</span> <span m='47470'>and</span> <span m='48540'>you</span> <span m='48960'>have</span> <span m='49140'>very</span> <span m='49450'>limited</span> <span m='50250'>information</span> <span m='52350'>that</span> <span m='53360'>could</span> <span m='53520'>be</span> <span m='53630'>provided</span> <span m='54150'>to</span> <span m='54260'>you.</span> <span m='54450'>It's</span> <span m='54620'>just</span> <span m='54830'>saying,</span> <span m='55710'>for</span> <span m='56070'>example,</span> <span m='56610'>hey, it</span> <span m='56950'>doesn't</span> <span m='57270'>work.</span> <span m='58020'>And</span> <span m='58870'>our</span> <span m='59090'>question</span> <span m='59420'>would</span> <span m='59500'>be</span> <span m='59630'>like,</span> <span m='60390'>OK, it</span> <span m='60550'>doesn't</span> <span m='60800'>work.</span> <span m='61780'>What's</span> <span m='62130'>wrong</span> <span m='62400'>with</span> <span m='62540'>it?</span> </p><p><span m='62690'>I</span> <span m='62800'>don't</span> <span m='62950'>know.</span> <span m='63090'>It</span> <span m='63200'>just</span> <span m='63370'>doesn't</span> <span m='63650'>work.</span> <span m='64340'>From</span> <span m='64540'>there,</span> <span m='65440'>trying</span> <span m='65730'>to</span> <span m='65780'>find</span> <span m='66200'>and</span> <span m='66290'>troubleshoot</span> <span m='67440'>that</span> <span m='67700'>piece</span> <span m='67900'>of</span> <span m='67990'>equipment--</span> <span m='69120'>and</span> <span m='69280'>then</span> <span m='69460'>once</span> <span m='69750'>you</span> <span m='69870'>attain,</span> <span m='70340'>hey,</span> <span m='70630'>we</span> <span m='70780'>figured</span> <span m='71200'>it out,</span> <span m='71440'>this</span> <span m='71590'>was</span> <span m='71750'>wrong</span> <span m='71990'>with</span> <span m='72100'>it</span> <span m='73080'>and</span> <span m='73610'>give</span> <span m='73770'>it</span> <span m='73870'>back</span> <span m='74100'>to</span> <span m='74200'>them,</span> <span m='74450'>and</span> <span m='74610'>they</span> <span m='74730'>say,</span> <span m='74900'>hey,</span> <span m='75070'>great. It</span> <span m='75510'>works.</span> <span m='76620'>So</span> <span m='76730'>the</span> <span m='76810'>challenging</span> <span m='77260'>part</span> <span m='77510'>is</span> <span m='77710'>when</span> <span m='77820'>you</span> <span m='77880'>have</span> <span m='78100'>no</span> <span m='78340'>information</span> <span m='79310'>or</span> <span m='79530'>limited</span> <span m='79990'>information</span> <span m='80710'>on</span> <span m='81620'>a</span> <span m='81670'>piece</span> <span m='81900'>of</span> <span m='81990'>equipment</span> <span m='82570'>and</span> <span m='82720'>say,</span> <span m='82900'>hey,</span> <span m='83050'>fix</span> <span m='83340'>it.</span> <span m='84420'>And</span> <span m='84490'>then</span> <span m='84660'>trying</span> <span m='84870'>to</span> <span m='84910'>figure</span> <span m='85190'>that</span> <span m='85430'>out</span> <span m='85840'>is</span> <span m='86120'>probably</span> <span m='87070'>the</span> <span m='87150'>most</span> <span m='87400'>difficult.</span> </p><p><span m='88940'>The</span> <span m='89040'>key</span> <span m='89300'>moment</span> <span m='89680'>for</span> <span m='89810'>me</span> <span m='91510'>to</span> <span m='91720'>come</span> <span m='91920'>into</span> <span m='92080'>this</span> <span m='92260'>field--</span> <span m='92500'>if</span> <span m='92600'>you</span> <span m='92720'>really</span> <span m='92990'>enjoy</span> <span m='94190'>taking</span> <span m='94470'>stuff</span> <span m='94700'>apart</span> <span m='95490'>and</span> <span m='95950'>trying</span> <span m='96320'>to</span> <span m='96400'>put</span> <span m='96560'>it</span> <span m='96620'>back</span> <span m='96810'>together</span> <span m='97400'>and</span> <span m='97560'>see</span> <span m='97700'>if</span> <span m='97820'>it</span> <span m='97910'>works.</span> <span m='99600'>My</span> <span m='99840'>moment</span> <span m='100160'>was</span> <span m='100410'>taking</span> <span m='100700'>apart,</span> <span m='101000'>I</span> <span m='101070'>believe,</span> <span m='101580'>with</span> <span m='101740'>a</span> <span m='101830'>friend</span> <span m='102555'>a</span> <span m='102830'>piece</span> <span m='103510'>of</span> <span m='103600'>equipment</span> <span m='104370'>that</span> <span m='105540'>had</span> <span m='105940'>a</span> <span m='106030'>capacitor</span> <span m='106710'>in</span> <span m='106820'>it,</span> <span m='107560'>which</span> <span m='107800'>we didn't</span> <span m='107910'>know</span> <span m='108260'>at</span> <span m='108350'>the</span> <span m='108440'>time</span> <span m='108850'>that</span> <span m='109330'>it's</span> <span m='109630'>probably</span> <span m='109990'>not</span> <span m='110160'>a</span> <span m='110200'>good</span> <span m='110350'>idea</span> <span m='110740'>to</span> <span m='110870'>touch that</span> <span m='111180'>thing.</span> <span m='111490'>But</span> <span m='112280'>it</span> <span m='112510'>sparked</span> <span m='113010'>a</span> <span m='113080'>little</span> <span m='113260'>bit.</span> <span m='113450'>So</span> <span m='113670'>it</span> <span m='113750'>kind</span> <span m='113940'>of</span> <span m='113990'>peaked</span> <span m='114260'>my</span> <span m='114560'>interest</span> <span m='114970'>of,</span> <span m='115080'>hey,</span> <span m='115870'>what's</span> <span m='116110'>going</span> <span m='116310'>on</span> <span m='116410'>with</span> <span m='116560'>that?</span> </p><p><span m='116850'>So</span> <span m='116930'>I</span> <span m='117010'>decided</span> <span m='117430'>that</span> <span m='118030'>after</span> <span m='118680'>high</span> <span m='118830'>school,</span> <span m='119430'>study</span> <span m='119920'>at</span> <span m='120040'>college,</span> <span m='120460'>and</span> <span m='120550'>then</span> <span m='120770'>ultimately</span> <span m='121420'>into</span> <span m='121620'>the</span> <span m='121700'>military,</span> <span m='122605'>I</span> <span m='122970'>continued</span> <span m='123390'>the</span> <span m='123470'>field.</span> <span m='124565'>And</span> <span m='124940'>it's</span> <span m='125340'>just</span> <span m='126470'>unique</span> <span m='127040'>at</span> <span m='127490'>times.</span> <span m='129160'>Sometimes</span> <span m='129380'>it's a</span> <span m='129419'>little</span> <span m='129580'>boring.</span> <span m='130470'>But</span> <span m='130810'>it's</span> <span m='131640'>definitely</span> <span m='132000'>a</span> <span m='132200'>great</span> <span m='132460'>thing.</span> <span m='132670'>And</span> <span m='132760'>it</span> <span m='133580'>turned</span> <span m='133810'>me</span> <span m='133930'>on</span> <span m='134200'>to</span> <span m='135210'>seeing</span> <span m='135370'>how</span> <span m='135520'>different</span> <span m='135870'>things</span> <span m='136130'>work</span> <span m='136350'>together</span> <span m='137110'>and</span> <span m='137560'>come</span> <span m='137730'>about.</span> <span m='137970'>So</span> <span m='138130'>that's</span> <span m='138780'>what</span> <span m='139580'>got</span> <span m='139680'>me into</span> <span m='139870'>this field.</span> </p><p><span m='141610'>The</span> <span m='141900'>ease of</span> <span m='142280'>getting</span> <span m='142610'>into</span> <span m='142880'>this</span> <span m='143080'>field--</span> <span m='144280'>I</span> <span m='144570'>think</span> <span m='145690'>it's</span> <span m='145860'>a</span> <span m='145900'>very</span> <span m='146160'>broad,</span> <span m='146470'>broad</span> <span m='147220'>field.</span> <span m='147550'>Electronics</span> <span m='149030'>can</span> <span m='149190'>go</span> <span m='149410'>either</span> <span m='149630'>way.</span> <span m='149900'>I</span> <span m='149960'>mean,</span> <span m='150170'>we</span> <span m='150420'>can</span> <span m='150560'>go</span> <span m='150750'>from</span> <span m='151450'>radio</span> <span m='151860'>frequencies</span> <span m='152730'>to</span> <span m='153960'>power</span> <span m='154210'>supplies</span> <span m='155170'>to</span> <span m='155810'>just</span> <span m='156170'>different</span> <span m='158270'>specialties</span> <span m='159440'>that</span> <span m='159620'>you</span> <span m='159750'>can</span> <span m='159920'>have.</span> <span m='160320'>And</span> <span m='160450'>it's</span> <span m='162070'>a</span> <span m='162110'>vast</span> <span m='162490'>area</span> <span m='162750'>that</span> <span m='162910'>you</span> <span m='163090'>can cover</span> <span m='163390'>within</span> <span m='163750'>electronics.</span> </p><p><span m='164440'>I</span> <span m='164480'>mean,</span> <span m='164780'>we</span> <span m='164880'>have</span> <span m='165100'>different</span> <span m='165840'>kind of things.</span> <span m='166710'>So,</span> <span m='166910'>I</span> <span m='166980'>mean,</span> <span m='167730'>to</span> <span m='168490'>have</span> <span m='168830'>knowledge</span> <span m='169280'>in</span> <span m='169830'>all</span> <span m='170370'>parts</span> <span m='170750'>of</span> <span m='170810'>the</span> <span m='170930'>electronic</span> <span m='171420'>portion,</span> <span m='171720'>I</span> <span m='171830'>guess,</span> <span m='172090'>would</span> <span m='172220'>be</span> <span m='173170'>greatly</span> <span m='173500'>beneficial.</span> <span m='174190'>And</span> <span m='175360'>once</span> <span m='175610'>you</span> <span m='175740'>obtain</span> <span m='175990'>that,</span> <span m='176160'>I</span> <span m='176400'>think</span> <span m='177390'>getting</span> <span m='178320'>into</span> <span m='178550'>this</span> <span m='178750'>type</span> <span m='178930'>of</span> <span m='178990'>position</span> <span m='179440'>is</span> <span m='180260'>fairly</span> <span m='181040'>easy</span> <span m='181500'>and</span> <span m='181870'>opportunities</span> <span m='182460'>will</span> <span m='182620'>be</span> <span m='182750'>given</span> <span m='183040'>to</span> <span m='183090'>you.</span> <span m='183260'>So</span> <span m='184610'>that's</span> <span m='184800'>my</span> <span m='184990'>opinion</span> <span m='185280'>on it.</span> </p><p><span m='186250'>So</span> <span m='186400'>my</span> <span m='186680'>work</span> <span m='186980'>life</span> <span m='187200'>balance</span> <span m='187560'>is</span> <span m='187750'>I</span> <span m='188040'>work</span> <span m='188930'>the</span> <span m='189190'>swing</span> <span m='189230'>shift,</span> <span m='189800'>which</span> <span m='190400'>consists</span> <span m='190765'>of</span> <span m='191290'>here at</span> <span m='191660'>3:30</span> <span m='192100'>PM</span> <span m='192590'>to</span> <span m='192770'>midnight.</span> <span m='194480'>I</span> <span m='194730'>worked</span> <span m='194990'>the</span> <span m='195050'>day</span> <span m='195230'>shift</span> <span m='195510'>also.</span> <span m='196440'>And</span> <span m='196935'>that's from</span> <span m='197430'>7:30</span> <span m='197816'>to</span> <span m='198590'>4:00</span> <span m='198930'>PM.</span> <span m='200270'>And</span> <span m='200480'>it</span> <span m='200590'>does</span> <span m='200770'>work</span> <span m='200990'>out</span> <span m='201160'>for</span> <span m='201260'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='202430'>With</span> <span m='202590'>my</span> <span m='202770'>military</span> <span m='203150'>background,</span> <span m='204160'>we</span> <span m='204820'>worked</span> <span m='206240'>48</span> <span m='206670'>hours,</span> <span m='207016'>two,</span> <span m='207710'>three</span> <span m='207930'>days</span> <span m='208240'>straight.</span> <span m='208680'>So</span> <span m='209780'>I</span> <span m='210050'>do</span> <span m='210210'>enjoy</span> <span m='210600'>it.</span> <span m='211010'>Swing</span> <span m='211410'>shift</span> <span m='212170'>gives</span> <span m='212320'>me</span> <span m='212450'>a</span> <span m='212500'>pretty</span> <span m='212700'>good</span> <span m='212830'>opportunity.</span> <span m='213330'>Sometimes</span> <span m='213595'>it's</span> <span m='213860'>rough</span> <span m='214170'>because</span> <span m='215180'>you</span> <span m='215250'>don't</span> <span m='215390'>have</span> <span m='215520'>the</span> <span m='215600'>people</span> <span m='215930'>here,</span> <span m='216780'>the</span> <span m='216930'>experts,</span> <span m='217825'>to</span> <span m='218100'>go</span> <span m='218490'>apart their</span> <span m='218930'>system.</span> <span m='219360'>But</span> <span m='220010'>other than</span> <span m='220180'>that,</span> <span m='220910'>it</span> <span m='221360'>works</span> <span m='221580'>great</span> <span m='221810'>for</span> <span m='221910'>me.</span> 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