Electronic repairers repair or replace damaged, malfunctioning, or faulty electrical equipment. They may specialize in repairing particular types of electronic equipment, including commercial and industrial, security and navigation in automobiles, mobile communication on trains, watercraft, and other forms of transportation, and electric motors. Field technicians are electronic repairers who make repairs wherever the malfunctioning or broken equipment is located. Bench technicians perform their work in repair shops, repairing equipment that cannot be fixed on location.
Electronic repairers can obtain specialized training in electronics and electronics repair at a technical or community college. These schools typically award a career diploma or certificate upon completion of a training program, many of which are available entirely online. Coursework in a basic electronics diploma or certificate program may cover the nature of electricity, different types of electronic circuits, capacitors and inductors, semiconductor components, and how to repair and replace defective electronic parts. Many schools offer associate and bachelor’s degree programs in electronics and computer technology as well as degrees in more specialized fields such as industrial electronics or electronics engineering technology.
Additional certification and continuing education is common in this profession, and can lead to career opportunities and advancement. The not-for-profit Electronics Technicians Association, International offers over 80 different certification programs to electronics repairers and other professionals in the field.