A program in electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology is designed to prepare students for work in the upkeep electrical systems and electronic equipment. They must learn the proper methods for installing electronics and fixing electrical problems in a safe and effective way. The curriculum for this area of study includes a mix of theoretical studies and practical laboratory activities.
Required coursework for electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology students will vary by school and by the concentration chosen by the student. Some classes that students might take include:
Most programs for electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology are offered in a traditional classroom setting. Because lab work is often an important part of this type of program, distance learning programs (where classes are taken via the Internet) are rare.
The courses aren't available at every level of education. Certificates and diplomas are both available, though associate's degrees seem to be the most common. Those who wish to earn an even higher degree could pursue it in a related field, but they should first find out what the educational requirements are for their specific career aspirations.
There are many different career paths that someone with an education in electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology could take. Some jobs that these graduates might be suited for include:
Overall job opportunities for electrical and electronics installers and repairers are expected to grow at a slower rate than the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with a degree, appropriate experience, and the right certification should have the best chance at finding work in this field. In May of 2008, the average hourly wage ranged from $13.29 to $29.34 for these installers and repairers, depending on their specific area of expertise. More career outlook information can be found at bls.gov.