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Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
SOC Code: 49-2096.00

Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.

Sample of reported job titles: Automotive Technician, Car Audio Installer, Car Electronics Installer, Car Stereo Installer, Electronic Equipment Installer, Electronic Technician, Installation Technician, Installer, Mobile Electronics Installation Specialist, Mobile Electronics Installer

Tasks

  • Install equipment and accessories, such as stereos, navigation equipment, communication equipment, and security systems.
  • Inspect and test electrical or electronic systems to locate and diagnose malfunctions, using visual inspections and testing instruments, such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters.
  • Cut openings and drill holes for fixtures and equipment, using electric drills and routers.
  • Splice wires with knives or cutting pliers, and solder connections to fixtures and equipment.
  • Diagnose or repair problems with electronic equipment, such as sound, navigation, communication, and security equipment, in motor vehicles.
  • Run new speaker and electrical cables.
  • Confer with customers to determine the nature of malfunctions.
  • Remove seats, carpeting, and interiors of doors and add sound-absorbing material in empty spaces, reinstalling interior parts.
  • Record results of diagnostic tests.
  • Estimate costs of repairs based on parts and labor charges.
  • Replace and clean electrical or electronic components.
  • Build fiberglass or wooden enclosures for sound components, and fit them to automobile dimensions.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Harris Tech X.over Pro; Harris Technologies BassBox; LinearTeam WinISD; True Audio WinSpeakerz
  • Computer aided design CAD software - WHE Term-PAK
  • Data base user interface and query software - Installalogy Access Client; MobileToys MAIDXL
  • Internet browser software - Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Circuit tester - Circuit testers
  • Desktop computers
  • Glue guns
  • Hammers
  • Heat guns
  • Multimeters - Polarity testers
  • Notebook computers
  • Offset screw driver - Offset screwdrivers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pipe or tube cutter - Tubing cutters
  • Power drills
  • Pullers - Clip and staple pullers; Window handle removal tools
  • Rasps
  • Ratchets
  • Razor knives - Carpet knives
  • Removal jig - Radio removal tools
  • Screwdrivers - Flat blade screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Socket sets - Socket wrench sets
  • Sockets - Socket wrenches
  • Soldering iron - Soldering irons
  • Spatulas - Spreader spatulas
  • Stripping tools - Wire strippers
  • Torx keys - Torx drivers
  • Trim or molding tools - Door panel fastener removal tools; Panel tools; Trim removal tools; Tucking tools
  • Utility knives
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Wire crimpers

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).

Interests

  • Interest code: RIC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 75% responded “Extremely important.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 80% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 58% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 75% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 78% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 54% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 54% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 58% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 69% responded “Every day.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 39% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 40% responded “Important results.”
  • Telephone - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 47% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Contact With Others - 24% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 41% responded “Very important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 37% responded “Important.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 40% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Consequence of Error - 30% responded “Fairly serious.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 55% responded “Very important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 50% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Physical Proximity - 37% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 43% responded “About half the time.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 21% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 35% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled
  • Level of Competition - 32% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 37% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 39% responded “Never.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
47%Post-secondary certificate
45%High school diploma or equivalent
4%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $16.60 hourly, $34,530 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 12,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 700

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