Electrical/electronics repairers inspect, test, repair, and maintain all electricity-generating equipment in powerhouses, generating stations, substations, and power relay stations. These repairers work in a range of industries, such as natural gas, crude oil pipelines, and petroleum/coal production.
Electrical/electronics repairers must have extensive knowledge of electrical systems, computers, mathematics, mechanical design and repair principles, and public safety requirements and regulations. They usually complete extensive hands-on physical repair work, but also use complex calculations and instruction manuals to solve equipment problems. They often work in hazardous conditions, so knowledge of safety equipment and techniques is important in this position, and they also wear appropriate safety gear at all times.
Electronics repairers often work on teams to complete tasks and report back to coworkers and supervisors, and communication skills are highly beneficial for following instructions and manuals, reporting problems to repair and maintenance teams, and keeping personnel up-to-date with equipment statuses. They must also ensure the safety of all personnel affected by the repairers' decisions.
A vocational or associate's degree, extensive on-the-job experience, and passing a licensing exam are generally required for this position, and apprenticeship programs are also common. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, this career is shrinking by approximately 2% each year.
Electrical / Electronics Repairer, Powerhouse, Substation, Relay Tasks
Construct, repair, and maintain substation relay and control systems.
Maintain records of all maintenance and repair activities.
Notify all facility personnel in event of equipment shutdowns.
Identify malfunctions or defects in equipment using wiring diagrams and testing devices.