Summary Report for:
49-2093.00 - Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment
Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.
Sample of reported job titles: Boat Rigger, Critical Systems Technician, Electronic Bench Technician, Electronic Technician, Electronics Mechanic, Locomotive Electrician, Marine Electrician, Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Supervisor (MEP Supervisor), Radio Technician, Troubleshooter
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Inspect and test electrical systems and equipment to locate and diagnose malfunctions, using visual inspections, testing devices, and computer software.
- Reassemble and test equipment after repairs.
- Splice wires with knives or cutting pliers, and solder connections to fixtures, outlets, and equipment.
- Install new fuses, electrical cables, or power sources as required.
- Locate and remove or repair circuit defects such as blown fuses or malfunctioning transistors.
- Adjust, repair, or replace defective wiring and relays in ignition, lighting, air-conditioning, and safety control systems, using electrician's tools.
- Refer to schematics and manufacturers' specifications that show connections and provide instructions on how to locate problems.
- Maintain equipment service records.
- Cut openings and drill holes for fixtures, outlet boxes, and fuse holders, using electric drills and routers.
- Measure, cut, and install frameworks and conduit to support and connect wiring, control panels, and junction boxes, using hand tools.
- Install electrical equipment such as air-conditioning, heating, or ignition systems and components such as generator brushes and commutators, using hand tools.
- Install fixtures, outlets, terminal boards, switches, and wall boxes, using hand tools.
- Repair or rebuild equipment such as starters, generators, distributors, or door controls, using electrician's tools.
- Confer with customers to determine the nature of malfunctions.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable widemouth pliers — Pump pliers
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
- Ammeters — Bench ammeters; Clamp ammeters; Volt-ammeters
- Ball peen hammer — Machinist's hammers
- Blow torch — Cutting torches
- Circuit tester — Circuit testing devices
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal-cutting pliers
- End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers
- Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts
- Hacksaw — Rubber-grip hacksaws
- Hex keys — Ball end hex key sets
- Insulation resistance meters — Insulation resistance testers
- Ladders — Stepladders
- Levels — Torpedo levels
- Locking pliers — Straight locking pliers
- Longnose pliers — Longnosed pliers
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Nut drivers — Nut wrenches
- Ohmmeters — Analog ohmmeters; Digital ohmmeters
- Overhead crane — Industrial overhead cranes
- Parallel pin punch — Parallel pin punches
- Personal computers
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma welders
- Pry bars — Pinch bars
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punches
- Ratchets — Drive ratchets
- Screwdrivers — Cabinet-tip screwdrivers; Conduit fitting and reaming screwdrivers; Keystone-tip screwdrivers; Spinner handle drives (see all 5 examples)
- Specialty wrenches — Breaker bars
- Tablet computers
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Utility knives
- Voltage or current meters — Bench voltmeters; Clamp voltmeters; Light emitting diode LED voltage tester; Neon voltage testers (see all 5 examples)
- Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters
- Wire-stripping pliers — Wire stripping tools
- Workshop cranes — Overhead workshop cranes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Mechanical — 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.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- 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.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Detailed Work Activities
- Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
- Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
- Repair electronic equipment.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
- Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
- Maintain repair or maintenance records.
- Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
- Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Connect electrical components or equipment.
- Solder parts or connections between parts.
- Estimate costs for labor or materials.
- Measure distances or dimensions.
- Install heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.
- Rebuild parts or components.
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 93% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 81% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 78% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 73% responded “Extremely important.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions
- Telephone — 66% responded “Every day.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 66% responded “Extremely important.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 16% responded “Very important.”
- Physical Proximity — 29% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Time Pressure — 15% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 16% responded “Fairly important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 20% responded “Some freedom.”
- Spend Time Standing — 19% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 24% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 24% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions
- Letters and Memos — 19% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 12% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 11% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 22% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 19% responded “Serious.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 18% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 19% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 24% responded “Moderate results.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 11% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||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.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|27||High school diploma or equivalent|
|13||Some college, no degree|
Interest code: RC
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$26.92 hourly, $56,000 annual|
|Employment (2012)||16,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Little or no change (-2% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||3,600|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.