Job Family: Communications Equipment Technologists and Technicians Electronic Instrument and Equipment Repairers
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

Supplemental Information
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Photo 1: Electronics technicians repair radar device. Photo 2:
Technician works carefully on electronics cable.

Kim Fry
Occupation: Electronic Instrument and Equipment Repairer

When I first graduated from high school, I had never considered joining the military. I wanted to get out the house, get a job, and go to college. …

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Jennifer Foley
Occupation: Electronics Technician

I am originally from Liverpool, N.Y. I went to college, got my business degree and ended up being assistant manager to a couple of reta…

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Short Description
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 being repaired.

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 Attributes
Helpful school subjects include math, electricity or electronic repair, shop mechanics, and or physics. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to apply electronic principles and concepts
  • Interest in solving problems
  • Interest working with electrical, electronic, and electrochemical equipment

Training Provided
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

Work Environment
Electronic instrument and equipment repairers usually work in repair shops and laboratories on land or aboard ships.

Civilian Counterparts
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.

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