To work as a computer, ATM, and office machine repairer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- complete a formal training program;
- complete short-term, on-the-job training; and
- have a driver's license.
Education after high school
Many computer, atm, and office machine repairers learn their skills through formal training programs. Some have an associate degree in electronics. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer these programs. In your courses you learn about electricity, to use hand tools, and how to test electronic equipment.
Employers generally provide some training to new repairers on specific equipment. Large companies may send repairers to outside training sessions. This keeps you informed of new equipment and how to service it. As computer and related technology has become more complex, the knowledge repairers need has also increased. Training may last up to one month.
Some branches of the military train people to be equipment repairers. There are several types of repairers, such as electronic instrument, precision instrument, and weapons maintenance. Training lasts from seven to 40 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.