Projected Growth: Decline
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Repair, maintain, or install computers, word processing systems, automated teller machines, and electronic office machines, such as duplicating and fax machines.
Common job titles of Computer and Office Machine Repairers include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
32.97% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
31.04% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Travel to customers' stores or offices to service machines or to provide emergency repair service.
Align, adjust, or calibrate equipment according to specifications.
Read specifications, such as blueprints, charts, or schematics, to determine machine settings or adjustments.
Complete repair bills, shop records, time cards, or expense reports.
Disassemble machines to examine parts, such as wires, gears, or bearings for wear or defects, using hand or power tools and measuring devices.
Converse with customers to determine details of equipment problems.
Reassemble machines after making repairs or replacing parts.
Advise customers concerning equipment operation, maintenance, or programming.
Operate machines to test functioning of parts or mechanisms.
Analyze equipment performance records to assess equipment functioning.
Repair, adjust, or replace electrical or mechanical components or parts, using hand tools, power tools, or soldering or welding equipment.
Maintain records of equipment maintenance work or repairs.
Clean, oil, or adjust mechanical parts to maintain machines' operating efficiency and to prevent breakdowns.
Lay cable and hook up electrical connections between machines, power sources, and phone lines.
Fill machines with toners, inks, or other duplicating fluids.
Test components or circuits of faulty equipment to locate defects, using oscilloscopes, signal generators, ammeters, voltmeters, or special diagnostic software programs.
Update existing equipment, performing tasks such as installing updated circuit boards or additional memory.
Maintain parts inventories and order any additional parts needed for repairs.
Test new systems to ensure that they are in working order.
Reinstall software programs or adjust settings on existing software to fix machine malfunctions.
Calibrate testing instruments.
Enter information into computers to copy programs from one electronic component to another or to draw, modify, or store schematics.
Install and configure new equipment, including operating software or peripheral equipment.
Assemble machines according to specifications, using hand or power tools and measuring devices.
Train new repairers.
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Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.