Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles

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About the Job

Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.

It is also Called

  • Wirer
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  • Security Systems Installer
  • Mobile Electronics Installer
  • Mobile Electronics Installation Specialist
  • Installer
  • Installation Technician
  • Installation Specialist
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What They Do

  • Build fiberglass or wooden enclosures for sound components, and fit them to automobile dimensions.
  • Replace and clean electrical or electronic components.
  • Estimate costs of repairs based on parts and labor charges.
  • Record results of diagnostic tests.
  • Remove seats, carpeting, and interiors of doors and add sound-absorbing material in empty spaces, reinstalling interior parts.
  • Confer with customers to determine the nature of malfunctions.
  • Run new speaker and electrical cables.
  • Diagnose or repair problems with electronic equipment, such as sound, navigation, communication, and security equipment, in motor vehicles.
  • Splice wires with knives or cutting pliers, and solder connections to fixtures and equipment.
  • Cut openings and drill holes for fixtures and equipment, using electric drills and routers.


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 Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

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

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Preparation Required

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


In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $30,200 with most people making between $21,120 and $44,930


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,100 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,300 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 40 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.