Radios and televisions may be defective for various reasons. Radio and television mechanicians’ task is to trace the faults and do the necessary repairs.
What am I going to do in this occupation?
Domestic radio and television mechanicians find the source of the problem by checking the tubes, observing the picture and sound, and looking for loose or broken connections. They must therefore have knowledge of wiring and mounting of components and be able to use simple meters, transistor and valve testers and electronic voltmeters.
Mechanicians may set up, install and adjust television antennas and receivers and instruct customers in the proper use of this equipment. They install and repair stereo component systems, videotape machines and car radios and must also have knowledge of oscilloscopes and other instruments. They may be responsible for the mechanical maintenance and adjustment of record players and it is also important that they are up to date with electronic drawings and circuit diagrams.
Domestic radio and television mechanicians work in a well-equipped workshop or in the client’s home. They may be required to travel a lot.
What kind of personality do I need? Domestic radio and television mechanicians should enjoy working with their hands. As they come into contact with many clients, it is important that they have the ability to deal tactfully with people. It is important for radio and television mechanicians to have mechanical ability, as well as thorough knowledge of electronics.
Where can I work?
Domestic radio and television mechanicians work for television and radio manufacturers, television and radio repair workshops and stores that sell radios, television sets and other electronic sound equipment.
Can I work for myself in this occupation?
Qualified radio and television mechanicians can start their own businesses that repair radios and televisions and other electronic equipment. They must, however, have the necessary capital and a great deal of experience. A keen business sense is important to be successful as an entrepreneur.