Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

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About the Job

Repair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.

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What They Do

  • Sign overhaul documents for equipment replaced or repaired.
  • Advise management regarding customer satisfaction, product performance, or suggestions for product improvements.
  • Determine feasibility of using standardized equipment or develop specifications for equipment required to perform additional functions.
  • Send defective units to the manufacturer or to a specialized repair shop for repair.
  • Develop or modify industrial electronic devices, circuits, or equipment, according to available specifications.
  • Install repaired equipment in various settings, such as industrial or military establishments.
  • Maintain inventory of spare parts.
  • Enter information into computer to copy program or to draw, modify, or store schematics, applying knowledge of software package used.
  • Consult with customers, supervisors, or engineers to plan layout of equipment or to resolve problems in system operation or maintenance.
  • Coordinate efforts with other workers involved in installing or maintaining equipment or components.


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.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $61,950 with most people making between $32,560 and $95,200


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 6,300 people in California. It is projected that there will be 6,800 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 50 openings due to growth and about 100 replacement openings for approximately 150 total annual openings.