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Transportation Electrical Installers

Transportation electrical installers perform tasks such as installing, adjusting and maintaining mobile electronic communication equipment including sonar, sound, navigation and surveillance equipment utilized in vehicles, watercraft and trains.

Some sample job titles include marine electrician, critical systems technician, electronic bench technician, radio technician and locomotive electrician.

Responsibilities

  • Show customers how the equipment is used
  • Reassemble and test equipment after repairs are done
  • Inspect and test electrical equipment and systems to find and diagnose malfunctions
  • Install electrical cables, power sources and new fuses when required
  • Install frameworks and conduit to support and connect wiring, control panels and junction boxes
  • Test newly installed equipment

Job Characteristics

Transportation electrical installers may have to lift heavy equipment. They typically work indoors in well-lighted and well-ventilated repair shops. They should be detailed oriented, have good color perception and eyesight.

Employment Outlook

The employment growth rate for electrical and electronics installers and repairers of transportation equipment is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 4 percent which is slower than average for all occupations.

In 2006 the median hourly wage for electrical and electronics installers and repairers of transportation equipment was $20.72. The highest paid 10 percent earned over $28.78 per hour.

Candidates with certification, an associate degree in electronics and related experience will have the best job opportunities. Those with certification may receive additional responsibilities and higher pay. Those with leadership abilities may become supervisors. In 2006 there were an estimated 21,000 people employed in electrical and electronics installers and repairers of transportation equipment jobs.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Employers often prefer applicants with an associate degree in electronics and professional certification is often necessary. Various professional and educational organizations provide certification. Typically candidates must pass an exam demonstrating their level of expertise.

Resources

Major Employers

Some of the top employers are shipyards, the maritime industry, electrical and electronic equipment installation services companies, rapid transit systems and railroads.

Schools for Transportation Electrical Installers And Repairers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
San Francisco 490 $78,300
Oakland 490 $78,300
Hayward 490 $78,300
Anaheim 430 $72,380
Los Angeles 430 $72,380
Long Beach 430 $72,380
San Diego 200 $58,120
Carlsbad 200 $58,120
San Bernardino 190 $53,510
Ontario 190 $53,510
Riverside 190 $53,510
Sunnyvale 110 $82,450
Santa Clara 110 $82,450
San Jose 110 $82,450
Sacramento 50 $73,060
Roseville 50 $73,060
Arden 50 $73,060
Arcade 50 $73,060
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 50 $60,040
West Hartford 50 $60,040
Hartford 50 $60,040
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 330 $58,920
West Palm Beach 330 $58,920
Miami 330 $58,920
Sanford 140 $46,240
Orlando 140 $46,240
Kissimmee 140 $46,240
Jacksonville 50 $62,190
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 50 $52,440
Metairie 30 $52,610
New Orleans 30 $52,610
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $64,470
Columbia N/A $64,470
Baltimore N/A $64,470
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn N/A $53,830
Warren N/A $53,830
Detroit N/A $53,830
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 40 $23,670
Biloxi 40 $23,670
Gulfport 40 $23,670
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Reno 180 $71,660
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 40 $53,180
Elyria 40 $53,180
Columbus 30 $47,670
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City N/A $56,470
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 90 $20,730
Carolina 90 $20,730
San Juan 90 $20,730
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin N/A $48,700
Murfreesboro N/A $48,700
Davidson N/A $48,700
Nashville N/A $48,700
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 290 $59,100
The Woodlands 290 $59,100
Houston 290 $59,100
Arlington 270 $55,780
Fort Worth 270 $55,780
Dallas 270 $55,780
Austin 100 $45,730
Round Rock 100 $45,730
Killeen N/A $45,420
Temple N/A $45,420
Corpus Christi N/A $49,300
San Antonio N/A $65,800
New Braunfels N/A $65,800
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 260 $65,410
Tacoma 260 $65,410
Seattle 260 $65,410
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis N/A $40,470
Waukesha N/A $40,470
Milwaukee N/A $40,470

Most Popular Industries for :
Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Railroad 3,890 27% $47,040
Government 2,360 16% $55,150
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 1,950 13% $39,950
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,710 12% $42,450
Maintenance And Repair 1,640 11% $39,940
Applicance Stores 1,010 7% $36,840
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 730 5% $31,860
Transportation Support Services 520 3% $45,790
Office Services And Staffing 180 1% $51,540
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Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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