In Summary - Electronic Service Engineer
Electronic Service Engineers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Electronic Service Engineer
Television service engineers repair television sets, radios, video recorders and hi-fi equipment. They work either as field engineers who visit customers' homes or business premises, or in workshops doing repairs.
Field engineers discuss the problem with the customer and inspect the equipment. They study the wiring diagrams and specifications and then look for the fault. They replace or remove worn or damaged parts using tools like screwdrivers and soldering gear. Next, they reassemble and adjust the equipment until it works correctly and safely.
Field engineers can make between eight and ten calls a day; this depends on the complexity of the work and the amount of travelling involved. If the engineer cannot repair the equipment on site, they take it back to the workshop.
Workshop engineers repair appliances brought in by customers or field engineers. Their work may be complex and time-consuming; they may have to order spare parts or send the appliance back to the manufacturers. The workshop engineer has to make sure that the equipment is working correctly and safely before returning it to the customer.
Where they work in customers' homes in the local area, the employer normally provides a car or a van. The work can involve heavy lifting, and a lot of kneeling and bending. Repair work can be dirty so engineers often wear overalls or a uniform. They may wear an identification badge.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Test faulty equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test equipment or software, and applying knowledge of the functional operation of electronic units and systems.
- Inspect components of industrial equipment for accurate assembly and installation or for defects, such as loose connections or frayed wires.
- Install repaired equipment in various settings, such as industrial or military establishments.
- Examine work orders and converse with equipment operators to detect equipment problems and to ascertain whether mechanical or human errors contributed to the problems.
- Perform scheduled preventive maintenance tasks, such as checking, cleaning, or repairing equipment, to detect and prevent problems.
- Study blueprints, schematics, manuals, or other specifications to determine installation procedures.
- Set up and test industrial equipment to ensure that it functions properly.
- Repair or adjust equipment, machines, or defective components, replacing worn parts, such as gaskets or seals in watertight electrical equipment.
- Maintain equipment logs that record performance problems, repairs, calibrations, or tests.
- Calibrate testing instruments and installed or repaired equipment to prescribed specifications.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
- Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Interests - Electronic Service Engineer
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
To be a television service engineer, you need patience and a thorough, logical and methodical approach to problem solving. You must enjoy practical work, and be able to handle hand and power tools safely. You need the ability to understand technical drawings, circuit diagrams and service manuals. You need numerical skills to make calculations and solve technical problems.
Television service engineers must be physically fit, to lift and move heavy equipment. You will be dealing with customers, so you must be polite, friendly and helpful. You must have good communication skills to explain problems and repairs clearly, in plain English.
Entry Requirements - Electronic Service Engineer
Pay & Salary - Electronic Service Engineer
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 25k - 70k
Engineer - Electrical: 25 - 70
Engineer - Electronic: 35 - 65
Sigmar / CPL / Hudson / Lincoln
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.