The military uses electronic instruments and equipment in many different areas, including health care, weather
forecasting, and combat, to name a few. Electronics repairers maintain and repair instruments and equipment, such as
computers, communications equipment, radar and sonar systems, precision measuring equipment, and biomedical
instruments. Electronic instrument and equipment repairers normally specialize by type of equipment or instrument
What They Do
Electronic instrument and equipment repairers in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
- Maintain, test, adjust, and repair electronic equipment using frequency meters, circuit analyzers, and other specialized test equipment.
- Install and repair circuits and wiring using soldering iron and hand tools
- Install computers and other data processing equipment
- Use technical guides and diagrams to locate defective parts and components of equipment
- String overhead communications and electric cables between utility polls
- Monitor the operation of air traffic control, missile tracking, air defense, and other radar and sonar systems to make sure there are no problems
Helpful school subjects include math, electricity or electronic repair, shop mechanics, and or physics. Helpful
- Ability to apply electronic principles and concepts
- Interest in solving problems
- Interest working with electrical, electronic, and electrochemical equipment
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in repairing electronic instruments and equipment.
Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically includes:
- Mechanical, electronic, and electrical principles
- Maintenance and repair procedures
- Line installation and wiring techniques
- Use of test equipment
Electronic instrument and equipment repairers usually work in repair shops and laboratories on land or aboard ships.
Civilian electronic instrument and equipment repairers work for a variety of organizations, such as manufacturing
firms, communications firms, commercial airlines, and government agencies. They perform the same kind of duties as
military electronic instrument and equipment repairers. Depending on their specialty, they may be called electronics
mechanics, telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, radio mechanics, or computer technicians.