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Working As An Electronic Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronic Maintenance Technician Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become An Electronic Maintenance Technician

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Electronic Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Electronic Maintenance Technician
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Owner
Maintenance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Operations Manager Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Manager Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Senior Technician Specialist Senior Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Assistant Chief Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Production Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Electrical Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Senior Maintenance Technician Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Foreman Maintenance Superintendent
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Senior Field Service Engineer
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Planting Supervisor Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Electrical Supervisor Mechanics Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Electronic Maintenance Technician
Technician 5.5%
Top Careers After Electronic Maintenance Technician
Technician 5.0%
Engineer 3.3%
Owner 2.1%

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Top Skills for An Electronic Maintenance Technician

  1. Electrical Systems
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Test Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Researched information to solve unusual electronics problems by analysis and tests on various electronic and electrical systems.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and calibration of artillery s electronics equipment and radar systems.
  • Developed and evaluated test procedures and determined circuit requirements for unique proprietary US Military equipment and newly fielded prototype systems.
  • Utilize safety procedures maintaining a safe and clean working environment, immediately reporting any problems or damages to supervisor.
  • Designed, sourced, wired and programmed a PLC control system for retrofitted CNC machines used in production.

Electronic Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

85.3%

Unknown

7.8%

Female

6.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.6%

French

9.1%

Japanese

6.1%

Arabic

6.1%

Swedish

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Comanche

3.0%

Vietnamese

3.0%

Scots

3.0%

Cree

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%
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Electronic Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

Community College of the Air Force

14.1%

ECPI University

8.7%

Excelsior College

6.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.4%

Grantham University

5.4%

Central Texas College

4.7%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Barstow Community College

4.0%

National University

3.4%

Trident Technical College

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Cochise College

3.4%

Webster University

2.7%

Pennsylvania State University

2.7%

Georgia Military College - Milledgeville

2.7%

Defense Acquisition University

2.7%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

2.7%

Western Technical College

2.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

32.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

18.6%

Business

11.1%

Information Technology

4.3%

Computer Science

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Aviation

2.2%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.2%

General Studies

2.1%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.1%

Management

1.9%

Engineering

1.7%

Automotive Technology

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.4%
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Degrees

Associate

30.9%

Other

30.5%

Bachelors

23.5%

Certificate

6.5%

Masters

5.6%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.2%
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