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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.

Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers Skills

Below are the skills needed to be transportation electrical 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
Critical Thinking3.53
Active Listening3.383
Operation Monitoring3.122.88
Social Perceptiveness3.122.88
Repairing3.123.25

Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be transportation electrical 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
Arm-Hand Steadiness3.753.38
Problem Sensitivity3.633.38
Near Vision3.633.63
Manual Dexterity3.53.25
Finger Dexterity3.383.38

Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be transportation electrical 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
Production and Processing3.73.51
Computers and Electronics3.643.7
Mechanical3.434.48
Engineering and Technology3.43.71
Mathematics3.153.19

Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being transportation electrical 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
Getting Information4.324.35
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates4.094.7
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge4.075.45
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings3.924.7
Analyzing Data or Information3.743.56

Transportation Electrical Installers and Repairers Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being transportation electrical 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 Detail4.37
Dependability4.16
Integrity3.96
Independence3.84
Cooperation3.83

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 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward500$76,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim410$74,210
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land400$68,080
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach390$57,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue270$59,610
San Diego-Carlsbad220$59,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario190$52,740
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington190$55,500
Reno130$70,340
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell100$41,880

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to transportation electrical installers

Source : 2016 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

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.

IndustryTotal EmploymentPercentAnnual Median Salary
Railroad3,89027%$47,040
Government2,36016%$55,150
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing1,95013%$39,950
Durable Goods Wholesale1,71012%$42,450
Maintenance And Repair1,64011%$39,940
Applicance Stores1,0107%$36,840
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers7305%$31,860
Transportation Support Services5203%$45,790
Office Services And Staffing1801%$51,540
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