How to become a Electronic Equipment Technician

Electronic equipment technicians install, service and repair electronic equipment for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. They work with equipment such as computer networks, mobile phones, radio communications equipment (such as WLAN, two-way radio transceivers, CB radio, and radio and TV broadcast studio equipment), video arcade machines, microphones and public address systems.

Personal requirements of a Electronic Equipment Technician

  • Good at technical activities
  • able to perform routine and repetitive tasks as well as non-routine or highly analytical tasks
  • able to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to work with minimal supervision.

Duties & Tasks of a Electronic Equipment Technician

Electronic equipment technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • talk to clients about their equipment problems
  • test and check electronic circuits, resistors, transistors, integrated circuits and capacitors
  • test and reprogram embedded control systems such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and Peripheral Interface Controllers (PICs)
  • implement prototype and novel electronic systems
  • install, service and repair communication equipment such as transceivers in ships, aircraft and vehicles
  • install, service and repair commercial and domestic equipment such as television systems, closed-circuit networks and radios on clients' premises.

Working conditions for a Electronic Equipment Technician

They may work in workshops, in private homes or in manufacturers' factories. They may be required to work in confined spaces and have to sit or stand for long periods. They may also need to work at heights on masts, towers and roofs. Some may have considerable contact with the public. An awareness of safety regulations is important. Electronic equipment technicians are often required to wear and use supplied protective gear to minimise risks.

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