To work as an industrial electronics repairer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- complete a formal training program; and
- complete long-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Most industrial electronics repairers complete a two-year training program in electronics technology. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer these programs. They grant a certificate or an associate degree. In this type of program, you learn the principles of electronics. You also learn how to use testing equipment, and make repairs.
Industrial electronics repairers learn additional skills on the job. While training on the job, you typically learn about specific equipment. The length of training depends on your specialty, but generally lasts at least one year.
You must continue to learn about new equipment after you start working. You can take courses or read trade journals to keep current.
Some branches of the military train people to be equipment repairers. There are several types of repairers, ranging from those who work on planes and weapons to precision instruments. Training lasts for four to 40 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.