Electronics technicians are responsible for troubleshooting computers, technology, and other types of electronics. More often than not, when a company hires an electronics technician, what they’re looking for is an IT technician who fixes bugs in computers. An electronics technician also takes part in the building and testing of equipment and machinery.
An electronics technician specializes in repairing and maintaining the company’s electronic equipment such as computers, copiers, fax machines and the like. An electronics technician knows how to reformat computers, fix its hardware and get it running the way it used to. Electronics technicians also need to keep the machines’ manuals and warranties, because they are in-charge of having them repaired, if a third-party service is needed. In the event of a hard-to-find piece being broken, electronics technicians are the ones who contact distributors to have it replaced in a timely manner. Electronics technicians must also know how to troubleshoot computers as well as the other equipment found in the office. They must be able to test them to make sure everything is in excellent working condition.
Education and Training Requirements
A bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree are not at all important when seeking an electronics technician job. All you need is an associate’s degree in information technology or any related field, or a diploma from a vocational, technical or trade school.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
To become a successful electronics technician, one must have a knack at solving problems and coming up with the best solutions to it. He/she must be interested in electronics as well as math. Determination, observance and clear thinking are also good traits an electronics technician should have.
Electronic technicians work in both public and private sectors. They are usually hired in government offices and large IT firms. Communications companies, call centers and hospitals need electronics technicians around the clock. This is because the industries that those offices have need computers, equipment and machines serving people 24/7. Electronics technicians work a minimum of 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Shifts cannot be determined, but they are just usually on standby in offices and hospitals. Some of them prefer the freelance route, while others are hired with an on-call setup.
The average salary for an electronics technician is $41,000 annually. Their average salary is dictated by its industry and location. It differs per company. Usually, the more experience you have, the higher the salary and the more benefits you receive.