Transportation Installers and Repairers

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.

Common job titles of Transportation Installers and 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.

  • 47.69% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 28.33% said they needed a High School Diploma.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Wondering what Transportation Installers and Repairers REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Transportation Installers and Repairers can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.

Essential Tasks

    Install electrical equipment such as air-conditioning, heating, or ignition systems and components such as generator brushes and commutators, using hand tools.

    Reassemble and test equipment after repairs.

    Install new fuses, electrical cables, or power sources as required.

    Inspect and test electrical systems and equipment to locate and diagnose malfunctions, using visual inspections, testing devices, and computer software.

    Install fixtures, outlets, terminal boards, switches, and wall boxes, using hand tools.

    Maintain equipment service records.

    Measure, cut, and install frameworks and conduit to support and connect wiring, control panels, and junction boxes, using hand tools.

    Confer with customers to determine the nature of malfunctions.

    Repair or rebuild equipment such as starters, generators, distributors, or door controls, using electrician's tools.

    Estimate costs of repairs based on parts and labor requirements.

Regular Tasks

    Refer to schematics and manufacturers' specifications that show connections and provide instructions on how to locate problems.

    Splice wires with knives or cutting pliers, and solder connections to fixtures, outlets, and equipment.

    Adjust, repair, or replace defective wiring and relays in ignition, lighting, air-conditioning, and safety control systems, using electrician's tools.

    Locate and remove or repair circuit defects such as blown fuses or malfunctioning transistors.

Occasional Tasks

    Cut openings and drill holes for fixtures, outlet boxes, and fuse holders, using electric drills and routers.

What Tools and Technologies do Transportation Installers and Repairers use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.


Wire stripping tools

Wire cutting tools

Wheeled forklifts


Utility knives

Torpedo levels

Tablet computers

All Tools

Straight locking pliers


Square-recess tip screwdrivers

Spinner handle drives

Side cutting pliers

Series solenoid voltage testers

Rubber-grip hacksaws

Pump pliers

Plasma welders

Pinch bars

Personal computers

Parallel pin punches

Overhead workshop cranes

Nut wrenches

Neon voltage testers

Measuring tapes

Machinist’s hammers

Longnosed pliers

Light emitting diode LED voltage tester

Laptop computers

Keystone-tip screwdrivers

Insulation resistance testers

Industrial overhead cranes

Drive ratchets

Digital ohmmeters

Digital multimeters

Diagonal-cutting pliers

Cutting torches

Conduit fitting and reaming screwdrivers

Clamp voltmeters

Clamp ammeters

Circuit testing devices

Center punches

Cable cutters

Cabinet-tip screwdrivers

Breaker bars

Bench voltmeters

Bench ammeters

Ball end hex key sets

Analog ohmmeters

Adjustable hand wrenches


Fluke Corporation FlukeView Forms

Megger PowerDB


Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Everything Transportation Installers and Repairers Should Know…

Transportation Installers and Repairers typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓


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.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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