Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers
SOC: 49-9061.00


Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
3,700 employed

Projected (2024):
3,800 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:

  • Aircraft Photographic Equipment Mechanic
  • Aircraft Photographic Equipment Repairer
  • Camera Machinist
  • Camera Mechanic
  • Camera Prototyping Engineer
  • Camera Repair Technician
  • Camera Repairer
  • Camera Repairman
  • Camera Technician
  • Camera Tuning Engineer
  • Computerized Photofinishing Equipment Service Technician
  • Digital Camera Technician
  • Digital Service Engineer
  • Digital X-Ray Service Engineer
  • Equipment Installation Professional
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Motion Picture Camera Lens Technician
  • Motion Picture Equipment Machinist
  • Photo Equipment Technician
  • Photo Technologist
  • Photographic Equipment Maintenance Technician
  • Photographic Equipment Mechanic
  • Photographic Equipment Repair Technician
  • Photographic Equipment Technician
  • Photographic Technician (Photo Tech)
  • Repair Cameraman
  • Repair Technician
  • Repairman
  • Surveillance Camera Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


    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
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Calibrate and verify accuracy of light meters, shutter diaphragm operation, or lens carriers, using timing instruments.
  • Disassemble equipment to gain access to defect, using hand tools.
  • Adjust cameras, photographic mechanisms, or equipment such as range and view finders, shutters, light meters, or lens systems, using hand tools.
  • Clean and lubricate cameras and polish camera lenses, using cleaning materials and work aids.
  • Measure parts to verify specified dimensions or settings, such as camera shutter speed or light meter reading accuracy, using measuring instruments.
  • Test equipment performance, focus of lens system, diaphragm alignment, lens mounts, or film transport, using precision gauges.
  • Examine cameras, equipment, processed film, or laboratory reports to diagnose malfunction, using work aids and specifications.
  • Requisition parts or materials.
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings, diagrams, instructions, or specifications to determine needed repairs, fabrication method, and operation sequence.
  • Fabricate or modify defective electronic, electrical, or mechanical components, using bench lathe, milling machine, shaper, grinder, or precision hand tools, according to specifications.
  • Assemble aircraft cameras, still or motion picture cameras, photographic equipment, or frames, using diagrams, blueprints, bench machines, hand tools, or power tools.
  • Record test data and document fabrication techniques on reports.
  • Lay out reference points and dimensions on parts or metal stock to be machined, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Recommend design changes or upgrades of microfilming, film-developing, or photographic equipment.
  • Install electrical assemblies and wiring in aircraft camera housings and memory cards or film in cameras, following blueprints and using hand tools and soldering equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aperture testers
  • Battery cover removal tools
  • Bench lathes
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Dial indicators
  • Dial vernier calipers
  • Digital light meters
  • Digital multimeters
  • Eyepiece tools
  • Filter ring removers
  • Flexi clamp wrenches
  • Focus testers
  • Head loupes
  • Lens filter ring vises
  • Lens spanners
  • Metal lens wrenches
  • Mini pliers sets
  • Mini screwdrivers
  • Mini tweezers
  • Minispan wrenches
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Power grinders
  • Precision gauges
  • Precision needle file sets
  • Retaining ring removal tools
  • Rotary tools
  • Scratch brushes
  • Shutter speed testers
  • Side cutting pliers
  • Spanner wrenches
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • RepairTRAX

  • installation maintenance and repair

    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990