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Home Entertainment Installers

Home entertainment installers install electronic equipment such as VCR and DVD equipment, televisions and radios, home theater systems, television dishes, stereo components and video cameras. Home theater systems include a large-screen television and complex surround-sound audio components.

Some sample job titles are home theater installer, electronic technician, television repairman, and satellite installer.

Home entertainment repairers often fix electronic entertainment equipment that doesn't work properly due to defective parts, poor connections or faulty circuits. Home entertainment technicians use a variety of tools and equipment. Some home entertainment installers specialize in a particular type of equipment. Some installers also install home security systems and intercom equipment.

Repair work of home entertainment equipment has become more difficult due to the miniaturization of audio and video recording devices. The components and acceptable tolerances are smaller.

Responsibilities

  • Install, service and repair electronic equipment
  • Tune or adjust equipment in order to obtain optimum auditory or visual reception
  • Teach customers how to use the equipment properly and safely
  • Utilize test instruments to find the problem
  • Talk to customers to determine the nature of the problems
  • Explain repairs to customers
  • Use diagrams to determine which circuits require repairing and how to make the correct electrical connections
  • Keep records of work orders and test and maintenance reports
  • Make service calls to customers' homes

Job Characteristics

Bench technicians work in repair shops and field technicians travel to homes and other settings to fix equipment. Sometimes field technicians may have to take defective parts to a shop for diagnoses and repair. The more difficult repair jobs are often performed in a shop. Since field technicians spend time dealing with customers they should have good communication and problem solving skills.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 3 percent growth from 2006 to 2016 for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers which is slower than average for all occupations.

Employment growth for home entertainment repairers will occur due to customers purchasing high priced sophisticated digital equipment. If the prices stay high, equipment owners will likely pay to have their equipment repaired. There should also be a demand for installation of complex home entertainment systems.

Technological developments have lowered prices of electronic home entertainment equipment, thus equipment owners often buy new equipment instead of repairing equipment.

Those with experience may become specialists or troubleshooters and assist other technicians diagnose or repair equipment that have difficult problems. Some experienced repairers may move up to a supervisor position.

In 2008 the median annual salary for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers was $32,080.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Employers typically prefer candidates that have a solid foundation in electronics as well as repair experience. The necessary skills are often acquired by candidates from community colleges and vocational training programs. Candidates may want to look for training schools that provide theoretical education and hands-on-training.

Certification for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers is offered by various organizations. Repairers can specialize in a variety of areas.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are home entertainment equipment manufacturers, home entertainment retail stores, electronic and precision equipment repair shops and wired telecommunications carriers.

Schools for Home Entertainment Equipment Installers And Repairers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers Skills

Below are the skills needed to be home entertainment equipment installers and repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Troubleshooting3.623.62
Repairing3.623.38
Quality Control Analysis3.623.62
Complex Problem Solving3.53.25
Reading Comprehension3.53.5

Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be home entertainment equipment installers and repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Finger Dexterity3.753.88
Visualization3.633.5
Near Vision3.53.75
Problem Sensitivity3.53.13
Deductive Reasoning3.383.25

Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be home entertainment equipment installers and repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Customer and Personal Service4.184.17
Computers and Electronics3.984.63
Engineering and Technology3.874.48
Telecommunications3.614.12
Mathematics3.23.68

Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being home entertainment equipment installers and repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge4.454.83
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment4.335.28
Getting Information4.323.63
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events4.164.15
Making Decisions and Solving Problems3.924.21

Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being home entertainment equipment installers and repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Attention to Detail4.36
Dependability4.14
Persistence4.04
Self Control3.92
Cooperation3.91

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale1,540 $42,830
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach1,090 $40,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim620 $42,300
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward490 $44,990
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood480 $49,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land470 $33,550
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson430 $40,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell330 $32,520
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn300 $46,430
Jacksonville290 $25,680

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Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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