Electronic Equipment and Supplies Repair
Hobbyists may specialize in working with a lot of their own repairs. Stores are also available that specialize in selling the required parts and supplies necessary for these repairs.
Most people hire a technician or mechanic to handle their repairs. TV and computer repairs are an important part of the industry to work with. Other companies may specialize in working with medical and dental devices, laboratory instruments or cameras.
Electronic repair technicians require either vocational training and a degree in their studies. Two and four year degrees are available from community colleges and vocational schools. Technicians need to know how to fix and maintain a variety of devices. They need to know what supplies to request for any given job. They also need to know how to use and maintain various pieces of equipment used in their line of work, such as circuit testers. They may have to handle both digital and analog devices and know how to conduct tests.
Some technicians may be hired by used electronic stores to fix items before putting them on sale or to strip them down for parts. In this case, an understanding of older and obsolete equipment, such as tube-based TVs, is necessary. Computer technicians may be required to have a basic knowledge of software. Technicians also need to know how to handle electrical safety.
Most technicians work for a repair shop, and some may also work for a large company, laboratory or hospital. Others may work for a manufacturer or distributor of electronic products or a cable or telecommunications company.
Salesmen may sell services, finished devices, or parts and components. Repair shops may also hire personnel to handle warehousing.
Electronics repair is a stable industry and one in which there will likely be demand for the foreseeable future.