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Computer Assembly Technician

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€23k > 44
Computer Repair Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 44
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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.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2017 stated "that despite significant graduate supply and a number of job ready job seekers with IT skills (many of whom, given the comparatively high turnover estimates, are likely to be only in frictional unemployment), shortages of IT skills continue to exist. IT skills are in demand across all economic sectors.

Furthermore, the situation is not unique to Ireland as there is a shortage of IT skills internationally. Shortages include IT technicians: troubleshooting, tech support with languages, particularly German and database administrators."

0.3%
Occupational Category

IT Operations Technicians

Also included in this category:

Database administrators; computer games testers; IT technicians; network administrators; systems administrators.

Number Employed:

8,200

Part time workers: 6%
Aged over 55: 7%
Male / Female: 82 / 18%
Non-Nationals: 24%
With Third Level: 71%
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Computer assembly technicians build computers from parts, such as circuit boards, disk drives, modems, cables and switches.


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Computer assembly technicians build complete computers from their parts. They fit the parts and wire them up, then test that the finished computer is working correctly. If it is not, they perform a series of further tests to discover where the fault lies, and correct the fault.  
 
Technicians working for a computer manufacturer typically assemble a series of machines with identical specifications. If they work for a smaller specialist supplier or retailer, they may construct each machine according to a different set of specifications as required by the customer. In such cases, assembly technicians may also become involved in dealing with customers, and perhaps servicing and upgrading existing machines.  
 
They use tools such as screwdrivers and soldering irons, and electronic testing equipment such as multimeters and oscilloscopes.  
Some of the components used in computers are quite delicate and sensitive, so they may have to wear special outer clothing to reduce the risk of contamination by dust or dirt. Also, static electricity can damage some circuit boards, so they may have to avoid wearing certain items (for example, man-made fabrics such as nylon) which can allow static to build up. They may also have to wear anti-static wristbands and other static-reducing items.


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As a computer assembly technician, you will need an interest in computers and electronics. You will also need good manual dexterity, as many of the parts are small and delicate. You must also be able to work reasonably quickly and pay attention to detail.  
 
You will need a methodical approach and the ability to follow written instructions precisely. You will also have to be conscientious and careful, as mistakes made during assembly can be costly and time-consuming to put right later. When a newly-built machine fails to work properly, you may need patience and perseverance to identify the source of the problem and fix it.  
 
A reasonable level of physical fitness/stamina is desirable, as computer assembly technicians spend much of their day performing repetitive manual tasks such as soldering and inserting circuit boards. You may also have to carry heavy computers or computer components to and from stockrooms and workshops. This job requires normal colour vision.


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Organisation: ICT Ireland
Address: Confederation House, 84/86, Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 605 1500
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Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
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