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Industrial Electronics Repairers

At a Glance

  • Work in repair shops or at customers' sites
  • Use a variety of hand tools
  • Fix complex electronic equipment
  • May work days, evenings, weekends, or on-call
  • Most receive formal and on-the-job training
  • Work for federal agencies or wholesale trade companies

Career summary

Industrial electronics repairers install, maintain, and repair electronic equipment.

Some industrial electronics repairers may be called field service technicians.

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Industrial electronics repairers work on electronic equipment in factories, military installations, and other large facilities. Some of this equipment monitors and directs production in factories. Other equipment is used for communications.

When equipment needs attention, repairers talk to users to find out what is wrong. They inspect equipment and look for common problems such as loose or worn out parts.

To test faulty electrical or mechanical systems, repairers use test equipment or software. Repairers must take equipment apart to run these tests. They make adjustments or replace worn parts and put equipment back together. When they are finished, repairers run the equipment to see if it works.

Repairers are under pressure to fix equipment quickly because breakdowns usually stop or slow production. They often replace faulty parts with new parts, and bring the broken parts back to their shop for repair. They make sure they have a well-stocked inventory of new parts and keep track of the parts they used.

Industrial electronics repairers keep records of their maintenance and repair work. They record which parts they replace on each machine and how much time each repair takes.

Industrial electronics repairers sometimes plan set up and installation of new equipment. They analyze customers' technical needs. They discuss the layout of the equipment with customers and their engineers.

Repairers study blueprints and information from manufacturer. They often use computer software to analyze plans and diagrams. Once the equipment is installed, repairers test equipment to ensure it is working properly. Finally, they demonstrate how to use the equipment to customers.

Industrial electronics repairers who travel to customers' sites to make repairs are also called field technicians. They usually visit sites regularly to maintain equipment.

Other electronics repairers are called bench technicians. They work in repair shops and work on parts that cannot be repaired on the factory floor.

Industrial electronics repairers stay aware of new developments in the electronics field. Repairers attend classes to learn about these developments.

Related careers

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Military careers

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to industrial electronics repairers.

Common work activities

Industrial electronics repairers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, industrial electronics repairers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Industrial electronics repairers frequently:

It is important for industrial electronics repairers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for industrial electronics repairers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Industrial electronics repairers need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as an industrial electronics repairer, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Most industrial electronics repairers complete a two-year training program in electronics technology. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer these programs. They grant a certificate or an associate degree. In this type of program, you learn the principles of electronics. You also learn how to use testing equipment, and make repairs.

On-the-job training

Industrial electronics repairers learn additional skills on the job. While training on the job, you typically learn about specific equipment. The length of training depends on your specialty, but generally lasts at least one year.

You must continue to learn about new equipment after you start working. You can take courses or read trade journals to keep current.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be equipment repairers. There are several types of repairers, ranging from those who work on planes and weapons to precision instruments. Training lasts for four to 40 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

Washington apprenticeships

For further information on apprenticeships in Washington, contact:

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Apprenticeship Program (external link)

PO Box 44530
Olympia, WA 98504-4530

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Helpful high school courses

You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Most employers require applicants to have some formal training in electronics. They also require field technicians to have a driver's license and good driving record. Some employers may prefer applicants who are certified. In addition, some employers may look for applicants with one to two years of related work experience. This especially applies to companies with very complex equipment.

Employers look for applicants who have good eyesight and color perception. They also look for applicants who have good communication skills. Applicants for jobs as field technicians should have a neat appearance.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment (SOC 49-2094)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $21.92 $29.00 $34.49 $42.17 $50.57
Monthly $3,799 $5,026 $5,977 $7,308 $8,764
Yearly $45,590 $60,330 $71,740 $87,710 $105,180
    Bellingham Hourly $15.96 $17.10 $18.98 $29.39 $34.93
Monthly $2,766 $2,963 $3,289 $5,093 $6,053
Yearly $33,197 $35,557 $39,489 $61,139 $72,669
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $24.31 $31.10 $33.56 $35.63 $36.89
Monthly $4,213 $5,390 $5,816 $6,175 $6,393
Yearly $50,563 $64,684 $69,805 $74,112 $76,724
    Clarkston-Lewiston Hourly $24.84 $27.64 $31.49 $36.46 $51.97
Monthly $4,305 $4,790 $5,457 $6,319 $9,006
Yearly $51,665 $57,498 $65,506 $75,839 $108,093
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $25.34 $29.47 $38.36 $55.74 $58.68
Monthly $4,391 $5,107 $6,648 $9,660 $10,169
Yearly $52,706 $61,281 $79,783 $115,941 $122,049
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $21.55 $30.44 $36.23 $45.19 $50.12
Monthly $3,735 $5,275 $6,279 $7,831 $8,686
Yearly $44,833 $63,318 $75,366 $93,993 $104,251
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $26.35 $29.52 $36.70 $52.86 $57.94
Monthly $4,566 $5,116 $6,360 $9,161 $10,041
Yearly $54,803 $61,386 $76,326 $109,962 $120,515
    Vancouver Hourly $15.83 $18.52 $27.03 $35.78 $46.91
Monthly $2,743 $3,210 $4,684 $6,201 $8,130
Yearly $32,925 $38,515 $56,232 $74,418 $97,575
    Walla Walla Hourly $29.19 $31.21 $33.04 $41.26 $46.97
Monthly $5,059 $5,409 $5,726 $7,150 $8,140
Yearly $60,713 $64,918 $68,722 $85,802 $97,704
United States Hourly $17.22 $22.21 $27.94 $33.63 $39.86
Monthly $2,984 $3,849 $4,842 $5,828 $6,908
Yearly $35,820 $46,190 $58,110 $69,950 $82,900

Wages vary by employer and area of the country. The repairer's level of experience and responsibility also affect wages.

Industrial electronics repairers who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Some employers also provide a retirement plan.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment (SOC 49-2094)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 1,576 2.3% 16.1% 143
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 31 -3.2% 8.6% 2
    Benton and Franklin Counties 44 9.1% 15.0% 4
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 281 1.1% 11.9% 25
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 169 3.6% 15.2% 16
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 46 6.5% 14.1% 4
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 38 7.9% 14.6% 4
    King County 481 3.1% 19.6% 45
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 43 0.0% 13.8% 4
    Pierce County 130 1.5% 15.2% 11
    Snohomish County 174 0.0% 12.4% 15
    Spokane County 73 2.7% 13.9% 6
United States 61,300 0.7% 5.2% 5,400

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Little or no change in demand is expected for this occupation. This is due to a decline in the manufacturing industry and the fact that industrial electronics equipment is becoming more reliable and requires fewer repairs.

Other resources

Chelan County PUD Apprenticeships (external link)
Electronics Technicians Association, International (external link)
5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
Engineer Girl! (external link)
National Academy of Engineering
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (external link)
900 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine, and Furniture Workers (external link)
2701 Dryden Road
Dayton, OH 45439
MCMA: Motion Control and Motor Association (external link)
900 Victors Way, Suite 140
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Technology Student Association (external link)
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1540
The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (external link)
P. O. Box 378
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057


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