Career summary

Details for Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers


Description

Repair, maintain, or install computers, word processing systems, automated teller machines, and electronic office machines, such as duplicating and fax machines.

Tasks

  • Reassemble machines after making repairs or replacing parts.
  • Converse with customers to determine details of equipment problems.
  • Disassemble machines to examine parts, such as wires, gears, or bearings for wear or defects, using hand or power tools and measuring devices.
  • Advise customers concerning equipment operation, maintenance, or programming.
  • Align, adjust, or calibrate equipment according to specifications.
  • Repair, adjust, or replace electrical or mechanical components or parts, using hand tools, power tools, or soldering or welding equipment.
  • Travel to customers' stores or offices to service machines or to provide emergency repair service.
  • Maintain parts inventories and order any additional parts needed for repairs.
  • Operate machines to test functioning of parts or mechanisms.
  • Reinstall software programs or adjust settings on existing software to fix machine malfunctions.
  • Clean, oil, or adjust mechanical parts to maintain machines' operating efficiency and to prevent breakdowns.
  • Maintain records of equipment maintenance work or repairs.
  • Test new systems to ensure that they are in working order.
  • Complete repair bills, shop records, time cards, or expense reports.
  • Install and configure new equipment, including operating software or peripheral equipment.
  • Analyze equipment performance records to assess equipment functioning.
  • Read specifications, such as blueprints, charts, or schematics, to determine machine settings or adjustments.
  • Update existing equipment, performing tasks such as installing updated circuit boards or additional memory.
  • Test components or circuits of faulty equipment to locate defects, using oscilloscopes, signal generators, ammeters, voltmeters, or special diagnostic software programs.
  • Assemble machines according to specifications, using hand or power tools and measuring devices.
  • Lay cable and hook up electrical connections between machines, power sources, and phone lines.
  • Enter information into computers to copy programs from one electronic component to another or to draw, modify, or store schematics.
  • Fill machines with toners, inks, or other duplicating fluids.
  • Train new repairers.
  • Calibrate testing instruments.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills

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