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.


  • 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.


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 the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2016

Metro Area Total Employment Annual Mean Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 500 $76,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 410 $74,210
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 400 $68,080
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 390 $57,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 270 $59,610
San Diego-Carlsbad 220 $59,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 190 $52,740
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 190 $55,500
Reno 130 $70,340
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell 100 $41,880

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

Most Popular Industries for
Transportation Electrical 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
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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