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Computer, ATM, and Office Machine Repairers

At a Glance

  • Fix a variety of electronic equipment
  • Use a variety of specialized hand tools
  • Interact with customers
  • Travel to and from work sites
  • Have formal training in electronics

Career summary

Computer, ATM, and office machine repairers maintain, fix, and install automated teller machines and office equipment.

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Computer, ATM, and office machine repairers work on a variety of machines including:

Repairers (or field technicians) usually go to the customer's location to make repairs. They have many tools to help figure out what is wrong with a machine. They use oscilloscopes, ammeters, and voltmeters to test circuits and electronic components. They also run computer software to help locate problems. If a problem is too complex they take the machine to a service center in order to make repairs.

Repairers use small hand tools to take machines apart and see if parts are worn out and need replacing. After repairs, they put equipment back together, using a variety of tools. They sometimes solder and weld parts together.

Repairers also do routine maintenance on machines to keep them running properly and efficiently. Machines regularly need to be realigned, calibrated, and adjusted. After making repairs or performing maintenance they run tests to make sure the equipment runs properly.

Repairers install new machines and equipment. They connect machines to power sources and communication lines. Repairers also install new software. They make sure computers and printers work together properly.

Computer, ATM, and office machine repairers talk with customers. They find out what problems they are having. They also make sure people know how to use the machines correctly. They draw up bills and invoices and keep accurate records of all repairs and maintenance. They also order parts and track inventory.

Related careers

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 computer, atm, and office machine repairers.

Common work activities

Computer, atm, and office machine repairers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, computer, atm, and office machine repairers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Computer, atm, and office machine repairers frequently:

It is important for computer, atm, and office machine repairers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for computer, atm, and office machine repairers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Computer, atm, and office machine repairers need to:


Reason and problem solve

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 a computer, ATM, and office machine repairer, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Many computer, atm, and office machine repairers learn their skills through formal training programs. Some have an associate degree in electronics. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer these programs. In your courses you learn about electricity, to use hand tools, and how to test electronic equipment.

On-the-job training

Employers generally provide some training to new repairers on specific equipment. Large companies may send repairers to outside training sessions. This keeps you informed of new equipment and how to service it. As computer and related technology has become more complex, the knowledge repairers need has also increased. Training may last up to one month.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be equipment repairers. There are several types of repairers, such as electronic instrument, precision instrument, and weapons maintenance. Training lasts from seven to 40 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

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:

Many computer, ATM, and office machine repairers are self-employed. If you want to run your own business some day, you should consider taking these courses as well:

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 seek applicants with formal training in electronics, computers, or business machine technology. Military experience with communications equipment is highly valued by many employers.

Employers look for repairers who are able to work without close supervision. Many repairers have contact with customers. For these positions, employers look for applicants with a pleasant personality and a neat appearance. Good communication skills are also important.

Repairers must be able to see the difference between colors. This is because wires are color-coded.

Costs to workers

Some workers may be required to buy their own tools. However, many employers provide tools for workers. Office machine repairers may be required to have a business wardrobe.

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).


The minimum wage for Washington State as of January 1, 2020 is $13.50 per hour. Some areas of the state may have a higher minimum wage.


Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers (SOC 49-2011)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $12.31 $15.26 $18.72 $24.94 $30.25
Monthly $2,133 $2,645 $3,244 $4,322 $5,242
Yearly $25,610 $31,730 $38,940 $51,870 $62,930
    Bellingham Hourly $13.30 $15.17 $17.90 $23.01 $29.09
Monthly $2,305 $2,629 $3,102 $3,988 $5,041
Yearly $27,666 $31,567 $37,226 $47,874 $60,499
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $12.26 $13.35 $16.21 $18.46 $21.40
Monthly $2,125 $2,314 $2,809 $3,199 $3,709
Yearly $25,498 $27,776 $33,706 $38,391 $44,511
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $12.89 $15.32 $17.40 $19.78 $29.08
Monthly $2,234 $2,655 $3,015 $3,428 $5,040
Yearly $26,821 $31,856 $36,201 $41,141 $60,482
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $12.15 $13.94 $16.81 $19.80 $25.98
Monthly $2,106 $2,416 $2,913 $3,431 $4,502
Yearly $25,273 $28,991 $34,968 $41,186 $54,042
    Olympia-Tumwater Hourly $12.04 $12.87 $15.45 $18.94 $26.55
Monthly $2,087 $2,230 $2,677 $3,282 $4,601
Yearly $25,047 $26,786 $32,124 $39,405 $55,224
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $12.57 $15.87 $19.83 $26.00 $31.26
Monthly $2,178 $2,750 $3,437 $4,506 $5,417
Yearly $26,148 $33,009 $41,249 $54,075 $65,013
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $14.03 $15.98 $18.19 $22.28 $28.28
Monthly $2,431 $2,769 $3,152 $3,861 $4,901
Yearly $29,186 $33,247 $37,845 $46,359 $58,812
    Vancouver Hourly $11.96 $14.99 $18.25 $23.36 $29.00
Monthly $2,073 $2,598 $3,163 $4,048 $5,026
Yearly $24,873 $31,174 $37,958 $48,584 $60,312
    Wenatchee Hourly $15.94 $19.89 $25.70 $28.44 $30.08
Monthly $2,762 $3,447 $4,454 $4,929 $5,213
Yearly $33,164 $41,368 $53,461 $59,149 $62,563
    Yakima Hourly $11.87 $12.20 $13.80 $18.06 $23.70
Monthly $2,057 $2,114 $2,392 $3,130 $4,107
Yearly $24,693 $25,360 $28,686 $37,558 $49,310
United States Hourly $11.92 $14.52 $18.50 $23.74 $29.58
Monthly $2,066 $2,516 $3,206 $4,114 $5,126
Yearly $24,800 $30,200 $38,480 $49,380 $61,520

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

Repairers who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Repairers who are self-employed must provide their own insurance.

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.

Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers (SOC 49-2011)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 2,600 8.2% 16.1% 303
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 71 4.2% 13.4% 8
    Benton and Franklin Counties 141 1.4% 15.0% 14
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 27 0.0% 11.9% 3
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 67 11.9% 15.2% 8
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 108 5.6% 14.1% 11
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 137 10.2% 14.6% 16
    King County 1,429 8.7% 19.6% 169
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 124 8.9% 13.8% 15
    Pierce County 175 12.0% 15.2% 22
    Snohomish County 172 1.2% 12.4% 17
    Spokane County 177 3.4% 13.9% 18
United States 114,500 -1.5% 5.2% 11,900

National employment

About 10% of computer, ATM, and office machine repairers are self-employed.

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation is expected to decline. Many computer problems can be fixed remotely reducing the need for technicians. Also, more people are using online and mobile banking applications reducing the need for ATM machines.

Technicians will still be needed to repair large electronic equipment that is expensive to replace such as high-volume printers. Other types of electronic equipment may be easier replaced than repaired.

The best prospects are for people with degrees in electronics.

Other resources

Business Technology Association (external link)
12411 Wornall Road, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64145
Computing Technology Industry Association (external link)
3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Consumer Technology Association (external link)
1919 South Eads Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Electronics Technicians Association, International (external link)
5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
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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