Job Description: Electronic equipment
installers and repairers for motor vehicles install, diagnose,
and repair communication, sound, security, and navigation
equipment in motor vehicles. Most installation work involves
either new alarm or sound systems. New sound systems vary
significantly in cost and complexity of installation. Replacing
a head unit (radio) with a new computer disc (CD) player
is quite simple, requiring the removal of a few screws and
the connection of a few wires. Installing a new sound system
with a subwoofer, amplifier, and fuses is far more complicated.
Motor vehicle installers and repairers work with an increasingly
complex range of electronic equipment, including DVD players,
satellite navigation equipment, passive-security tracking
systems, and active-security systems.
Working conditions: Motor vehicle electronic
equipment installers and repairers normally work indoors
in well-ventilated and well-lighted repair shops. Minor
cuts and bruises are common, but serious accidents usually
are avoided when safety practices are observed.
Education and Training Requirements: Knowledge
of electrical equipment and electronics is necessary for
employment. Many applicants gain this knowledge through
programs lasting one to two years at vocational schools
or community colleges, although some less skilled repairers
may have only a high school diploma. Entry-level repairers
may work closely with more experienced technicians who provide
Median Hourly Wage: $12.50
Middle 50 percent: $10.00-$16.00
Highest 10 percent: Greater than $19.50
Job Outlook: Employment of motor vehicle
electronic equipment installers and repairers also is expected
to grow as fast as the average. However, motor vehicle manufacturers
will install more and better sound, security, entertainment,
and navigation systems in new vehicles, limiting employment
growth for aftermarket electronic equipment installers.
In addition, newer electronic systems are more reliable
and require less maintenance.
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