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Electric Motor Repairers

At a Glance

  • Work on motors of various types and sizes
  • Some travel to customer homes and businesses
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Sometimes wear safety gear such as gloves, goggles, or hard hats
  • Have years of related work experience
  • Train on the job

Career summary

Electric motor repairers maintain and repair electric motors.

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Electric motor repairers work on a variety of motors including those found in:

All electric motor repairers do many of the same tasks. They check motors, wiring, and switches, identify problems, and replace or repair parts.

Electric motor repairers look for basic problems first, such as worn or loose parts. They may use meters such as ammeters, voltmeters, and wattmeters to diagnose problems. If a problem is complex or uncommon, repairers refer to service guides.

To fix engines, repairers take them apart using hand or power tools. They may replace batteries, switches, wires, and other broken parts. They make adjustments to fan belts or voltage levels. Once the corrections are made, repairers put engines back together and test them to make sure they work.

Many repairers, called field or service technicians, travel to factories or customer locations to repair equipment. After making repairs, they document their work and what parts they used. These workers carry replacement parts in their truck and restock them at the end of the day.

Some repairers specialize in large equipment such as generators and transformers used in manufacturing. These engines are so large repairers may use a hoist to lift the generator or transformer out to be repaired.

Repairers use safety measures to make sure others cannot turn on machinery while they are working on it. They also turn off power to prevent electric shock.

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This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster of careers.

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Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to electric motor repairers.

Common work activities

Electric motor repairers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, electric motor repairers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Electric motor repairers frequently:

It is important for electric motor repairers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for electric motor repairers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Electric motor repairers need to:


Reason and problem solve

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

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To work as an electric motor repairer, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Some electric motor repairers learn their skills through formal training programs. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer programs in electrical equipment installation and repair. In these programs you learn about electrical circuitry, simple gearing, and linkages.

Some manufacturers offer training programs that lead to a certificate. These programs cover a variety of motors and appliances or focus on a specific type of motor.

Work experience

Most people prepare for this occupation by working up to it. You typically begin by helping in machine or electrical workshops, gaining experience with tools and motors.

On-the-job training

Most electric motor repairers learn additional skills on the job from experienced workers. Usually you begin by working on one type of motor. As you gain skills, you learn to repair other types of motors and appliances. Training includes:

Training lasts up to one year.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be electrical products repairers. Training lasts four to 22 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training is on the job.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum (external link) may be different from your state's graduation requirements (external link).

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

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 (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Most employers require electric motor repairers to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers prefer to hire people who have formal training in appliance repair and electronics.

Employers look for people who have mechanical skills. Repairers also need good eye-hand coordination. Employers prefer to hire repairers who are polite and helpful because they will be interacting with customers.

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).


Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers (SOC 49-2092)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $16.77 $19.95 $26.33 $37.54 $45.46
Monthly $2,906 $3,457 $4,563 $6,506 $7,878
Yearly $34,890 $41,490 $54,760 $78,080 $94,560
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $20.11 $32.81 $38.46 $44.71 $49.05
Monthly $3,485 $5,686 $6,665 $7,748 $8,500
Yearly $41,825 $68,250 $80,003 $92,997 $102,038
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $16.23 $18.52 $22.09 $26.42 $30.74
Monthly $2,813 $3,210 $3,828 $4,579 $5,327
Yearly $33,745 $38,505 $45,946 $54,955 $63,949
    Vancouver Hourly $15.54 $18.12 $23.36 $27.77 $30.47
Monthly $2,693 $3,140 $4,048 $4,813 $5,280
Yearly $32,309 $37,696 $48,574 $57,774 $63,364
United States Hourly $12.77 $16.23 $20.60 $26.42 $33.79
Monthly $2,213 $2,813 $3,570 $4,579 $5,856
Yearly $26,560 $33,760 $42,840 $54,950 $70,280

Pay varies by the type of equipment being repaired and the repairer's skill level. Trainees usually earn less and senior technicians more. Earnings tend to be highest in large firms. Repairers are paid extra for working overtime, weekends, or holidays. Some electric motor repairers belong to unions. They often are paid more than non-union employees.

Electric motor repairers who work full time often receive benefits. Benefits may include health insurance, sick leave, and paid vacation. 

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.

Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers (SOC 49-2092)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 316 4.1% 16.1% 32
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 21 14.3% 13.4% 3
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 36 5.6% 15.2% 3
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 28 0.0% 14.1% 3
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 24 25.0% 14.6% 3
    King County 93 1.1% 19.6% 9
    Snohomish County 18 -5.6% 12.4% 2
    Spokane County 24 4.2% 13.9% 2
United States 17,200 3.5% 5.2% 1,900

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Growth will be slower than average for this occupation because repair tasks are being simplified. New electric motors are designed so that repairs can be done more easily and are required less often. Despite the minimal growth, jobs will be available as current repairers retire or leave this occupation for other reasons.

Other resources

MCMA: Motion Control and Motor Association (external link)
900 Victors Way, Suite 140
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057


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