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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
  • $43,000

    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:
  • Performed maintenance and repair of various electrical systems on the Minuteman ICBM system by repairing, replacing, and adjusting components.
  • Implemented programs to maximize operator to technician communication reducing downtime and ensuring completion of all preventative maintenance.
  • Performed and validated equipment and system level test procedures.
  • Utilize safety procedures maintaining a safe and clean working environment, immediately reporting any problems or damages to supervisor.
  • Installed, programmed, debug, test, troubleshoot and maintain robots and PLC's Computer and electrical installations.

Electronic Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.1%

Female

7.9%

Unknown

5.1%
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

Community College of the Air Force

17.2%

ECPI University

10.3%

Excelsior College

5.7%

Grantham University

5.7%

Ashford University

4.6%

Coastline Community College

4.6%

Albany Technical College

4.6%

Trident Technical College

4.6%

Tidewater Community College

4.6%

Western Governors University

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

A-Technical College

3.4%

Western Technical College

3.4%

Northeast Mississippi Community College

3.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Tucson

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

Cochise College

3.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque

3.4%

Chabot College

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

36.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

18.2%

Business

8.7%

Information Technology

3.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.2%

Computer Engineering Technology

3.2%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.7%

Computer Science

2.5%

Aviation

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.1%

General Studies

1.8%

Automotive Technology

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%
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Degrees

Associate

39.7%

Bachelors

25.1%

High School Diploma

13.4%

Certificate

12.8%

Diploma

4.7%

Masters

4.0%

License

0.4%
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