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Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers

Motor vehicle electronics installers, install, diagnose and repair sound, communications, navigation and security equipment in motor vehicles. A lot of the installation work involves sound systems and new alarm systems. Motor vehicle electronics installers and repairers are dealing with an increasingly complicated range of electronic equipment including items such as satellite navigation equipment, DVD players, active security systems and passive security systems.

Some of the common job titles are car stereo installer, mobile electronics installation specialists, car audio installer, and electronic equipment installer.

Responsibilities

  • Splice wires and solder connections to equipment and fixtures
  • Construct wooded or fiberglass enclosures for sound components and install them
  • Install speaker and electrical cables
  • Talk to customers to determine the nature of malfunctions
  • Replace electric or electrical components
  • Record results of diagnostic tests
  • Diagnose or repair problems using electronic equipment

Job Characteristics

Motor vehicle electronics installation personnel typically work in well-lighted and well-ventilated repair shops. They should be detailed oriented, have good color perception and eyesight.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 5% employment growth rate for motor vehicle electronics installers and repairers from 2006 to 2016 which is slower than average for all occupations. Due to motor vehicle manufacturers installing more and better quality security, navigation, sound and entertainment systems in new vehicles employment growth is limited for after market vehicle electronics equipment installers.

The median hourly earnings for electronic installers and repairers of motor vehicles in 2006 was $13.57 per hour. The highest paid 10 percent earned over $23.45 per hour.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Depending on the complexity involved some employers may prefer applicants that have gained knowledge and skills from educational programs offered at community colleges and vocational schools in electronics or a related subject that take one to two years to complete. A professional certification may be helpful for getting a job. Various professional and educational organizations provide certification. Typically, candidates must pass an exam demonstrating their level of expertise.

Resources

Major Employers

The major job providing industries are motor vehicle and parts dealers, car stereo equipment sales and services firms and car alarm equipment sales and services firms.

Schools for Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers And Repairers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers and Repairers

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2016

     
Metro Area Total Employment Annual Mean Salary
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 960 $30,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 500 $28,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 460 $29,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 340 N/A
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell 150 $30,820
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 120 $33,650
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas 110 $33,230
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 110 $35,660
Richmond 80 $33,520
Urban Honolulu 70 $25,080

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Source : 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Most Popular Industries for
Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers and Repairers

These industries represent at least 1% of the total number of people employed in this occupation.

Industry Total Employment Percent Annual Median Salary
Applicance Stores 8,580 44% $25,910
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 5,920 30% $26,680
Maintenance And Repair 2,220 11% $32,520
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,710 8% $32,040
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 440 2% $33,810
Government 220 1% $53,820
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