What Does an Electronics Service Technician Do?

An Electronics Service Technician (416E) specializes in repairing electronic equipment such as radio and television receivers, stereo components, video cameras, video and audio tape recorders, two-way radio communication systems and bio-medical systems.

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Interacting with customers to determine the source of equipment problem
  • Performing diagnostic checks to find the source of any malfunction
  • Utilizing multimeters, circuit testers, oscilloscopes, logic probes and other test equipment to inspect and test electronic equipment, components and assemblies
  • Diagnosing and locating circuits, components and equipment faults
  • Reading and interpreting equipment manuals and drawings
  • Adjusting, aligning replacing or repairing parts
  • Maintaining records such as work orders, test and maintenance reports
  • Accessing and distributing product information using electronic means such as e-mail, databases and the Internet

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

You must complete your Grade 12 with a secondary school diploma, with credits in Mathematics, English, and Science, as well as technical courses in electrical/electronic systems. Successful completion of this type of apprenticeship requires 7280 hours of on-the-job training as well as 720 hours of in-school theory training prior to successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as an Electronics Service Technician?

Electronics Service Technicians  are employed by businesses, may advance to supervisory positions, or open their own shops. They usually work a 40 hour week, indoors in comfortable surroundings. Electronics Service Technicians can transfer their skills to related occupations such as Appliance Service technicians, Computer Service technicians, or Instrument Mechanic. Employers who might hire an Electronics Service Technician include:

  • Independent TV/Stereo Repair shops
  • Retail operations
  • Box chains
  • Self-employment

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices generally earn less than fully qualified Journeypeople
  • As your skills and expertise increase, so does your wage
  • Fully qualified Electronics Service Technicians earn from $14.00 - $25.00/ hour
  • Some shops pay commission (40-60% of the total labour cost) rather than a salary

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as an Electronics Service Technician for You?

Do you have normal colour vision and good hand-eye coordination?

Yes      No

Do you like tinkering with equipment and fixing things?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy dealing with customers and answering their questions?

Yes      No

Do you like to keep up to date on changes in technology?

Yes      No

Do you persist until the job is done right?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy solving problems and finding solutions?

Yes      No

Can you communicate effectively with customers and co-workers alike?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as an Electronic Service Technician may be for you!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Computer Service Technician
  • Instrument Mechanic
  • Aircraft Instrument Mechanic

 

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