Bench Technicians

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Bench Technicians

Bench Technicians - Overview

Industrial electronics repairers install, maintain, and repair electronic equipment.

Industrial electronics repairers work on electronic equipment in factories, military installations, and other large facilities. Some of this equipment monitors and directs production in factories. Other equipment is used for communications.

When equipment needs attention, repairers talk to users to find out what is wrong. They inspect equipment and look for common problems such as loose or worn out parts.

To test faulty electrical or mechanical systems, repairers use test equipment or software. Repairers must take equipment apart to run these tests. They make adjustments or replace worn parts and put equipment back together. When they are finished, repairers run the equipment to see if it works.

Repairers are under pressure to fix equipment quickly because breakdowns usually stop or slow production. They often replace faulty parts with new parts, and bring the broken parts back to their shop for repair. They make sure they have a well-stocked inventory of new parts and keep track of the parts they used.

Industrial electronics repairers keep records of their maintenance and repair work. They record which parts they replace on each machine and how much time each repair takes.

Industrial electronics repairers sometimes plan set up and installation of new equipment. They analyze customers' technical needs. They discuss the layout of the equipment with customers and their engineers.

Repairers study blueprints and information from manufacturer. They often use computer software to analyze plans and diagrams. Once the equipment is installed, repairers test equipment to ensure it is working properly. Finally, they demonstrate how to use the equipment to customers.

Industrial electronics repairers who travel to customers' sites to make repairs are also called field technicians. They usually visit sites regularly to maintain equipment.

Other electronics repairers are called bench technicians. They work in repair shops and work on parts that cannot be repaired on the factory floor.

Industrial electronics repairers stay aware of new developments in the electronics field. Repairers attend classes to learn about these developments.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.