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

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
11,500 employed

Projected (2024):
5,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Assembler
  • Auto Electrician
  • Auto Phone Installer
  • Auto Radio Mechanic
  • Automatic Window Seat and Top Lift Repairer
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Automotive Technician
  • Burglar Alarm Installer
  • Car Alarm Installer
  • Car Audio Installer
  • Car Electronics Installer
  • Car Stereo Installer
  • Electrical Harness Installer
  • Electrical Tryout Person
  • Electrician
  • Electronic Equipment Installer
  • Electronic Technician
  • Equipment Installer
  • Generator Man
  • Generator Rebuilder
  • Generator Worker
  • GPS Car Navigation Installer
  • Installation Manager
  • Installation Specialist
  • Installation Technician
  • Installer
  • Mechanic
  • Mobile Electronics Installation Specialist
  • Mobile Electronics Installer
  • Radio Technician
  • Security Systems Installer
  • Tape Deck Installer
  • Wirer


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Carpet knives
  • Circuit testers
  • Clip and staple pullers
  • Desktop computers
  • Door panel fastener removal tools
  • Flat blade screwdrivers
  • Glue guns
  • Hammers
  • Heat guns
  • Multimeters
  • Notebook computers
  • Offset screwdrivers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Panel tools
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Polarity testers
  • Power drills
  • Radio removal tools
  • Rasps
  • Ratchets
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Socket wrenches
  • Soldering irons
  • Spreader spatulas
  • Torx drivers
  • Trim removal tools
  • Tubing cutters
  • Tucking tools
  • Utility knives
  • Window handle removal tools
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Harris Tech BassBox software
  • Harris Tech X.over Pro
  • Installogy software
  • LinearTeam WinISD
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • MobileToys MAIDXL
  • True Audio WinSpeakerz
  • WHE Term-PAK


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990