Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.
- Auto Electrician
- Auto Phone Installer
- Auto Radio Mechanic
- Automatic Window Seat and Top Lift Repairer
- Automotive Electrician
- Automotive Technician
- Burglar Alarm Installer
- Car Alarm Installer
- Car Audio Installer
- Splice wires with knives or cutting pliers, and solder connections to fixtures and equipment.
- Diagnose or repair problems with electronic equipment, such as sound, navigation, communication, and security equipment, in motor vehicles.
- Inspect and test electrical or electronic systems to locate and diagnose malfunctions, using visual inspections and testing instruments such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters.
- Install equipment and accessories such as stereos, navigation equipment, communication equipment, and security systems.
- Estimate costs of repairs based on parts and labor charges.
- Confer with customers to determine the nature of malfunctions.
- Run new speaker and electrical cables.
- Cut openings and drill holes for fixtures and equipment, using electric drills and routers.
- Replace and clean electrical or electronic components.
- Remove seats, carpeting, and interiors of doors; add sound-absorbing material in empty spaces; and reinstall interior parts.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2012, the average annual wage in California was $34,000.00 with most people making between $20,850.00 and $48,710.00
During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 2,000 people in California. It is projected that there will be 2,100 employed in 2020.
This occupation will have about 20 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.
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majorAutomobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
onetCounter and Rental Clerks
collegeHudson Valley Community College
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collegeUniversity of California-Berkeley
onetElectric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
majorElectrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General
majorCriminal Justice/Police Science
collegeCUNY Bronx Community College