Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)

(NOC 2242)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Electronic service technicians service and repair household and business electronic equipment like audio and video systems, computers and peripherals, office equipment and other consumer electronic equipment and assemblies. Alarm and security technicians install and repair intrusion alarms, closed circuit video, and access control systems. They work for electronic service and retail companies, wholesale distributors, and within service departments of electronic manufacturing companies.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 105 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 70% of Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $51,583. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$25.00

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$9,070

Minimum

$47,583

Median

$77,336

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Electronic service technicians service and repair household and business electronic equipment like audio and video systems, computers and peripherals, office equipment and other consumer electronic equipment and assemblies. Alarm and security technicians install and repair intrusion alarms, closed circuit video, and access control systems. They work for electronic service and retail companies, wholesale distributors, and within service departments of electronic manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Electronic service technicians:

  • Install, maintain, and repair household and business electronic equipment like televisions, radios, video cassette recorders, stereo equipment, photocopiers, computers, and related equipment.
  • Inspect and test electronic equipment, components and assemblies using multimeters, circuit testers, oscilloscopes, logic probes and other electronic test instruments, tools, and equipment.
  • Diagnose and locate circuit, component, and equipment faults.
  • Adjust, align, replace, or repair electronic equipment, assemblies and components following equipment manuals and schematics, and using soldering tools and other hand and power tools.
  • Complete work orders, test, and maintenance reports.
  • May supervise other electronic equipment service technicians.

Sample job titles

  • alarm and security technician
  • audio-video service technician
  • computer service technician
  • electronic equipment installer and repairer
  • electronic service technician supervisor
  • household and business equipment technician
  • office equipment service technician
  • technical service representative - household and business equipment

Skills

You should be interested in technology and discovering how things work. Good mechanical skills, attention to detail, and patience are necessary. You must be able to work under pressure and be able to work with and cooperate with others as part of a team. Effective spoken and written communication skills are also important.

Job requirements

  • A two- to three-year college program in electronics or completion of a four-year apprenticeship program in electronic servicing and repair or completion of high school or college courses in electronics and on-the-job training is required.

Other considerations

Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,435

employed in 2016

87.8%

employed full-time

10.1%

self employed

7.3%
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92.7%
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44.9

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

53.7%

Halifax

13.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.5%

North Shore

11.1%

Southern

8.7%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

12.3%

Professional, scientific and technical services

12.3%

Construction

12.3%

Wholesale trade

10.3%

Retail trade

9.9%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

26.0%

45-54

23.0%

35-44

19.0%

55-64

19.0%

25-34

8.0%

15-24

5.0%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

51.2%

College Diploma

$49,566 median annual income
17.1%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
16.0%

Apprenticeship

$51,731 median annual income
8.0%

Bachelor

$38,852 median annual income
3.8%

Less than high school

$26,493 median annual income

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Apprenticeship

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Electrical, electronic and communications engineering technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. These programs include courses in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair - General

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate, maintain, and repair electrical and electronic equipment. These programs include courses in electrical circuitry, simple gearing, linkages and lubrication of machines and appliances, and the use of testing equipment.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Industrial electronics technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to assemble, install, operate, maintain, and repair electrical/electronic equipment used in industry and manufacturing. These programs include courses in installing, maintaining and testing various types of equipment.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Security system installation, repair and inspection technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install and repair household, business, and industrial security alarms, sensors, video and sound recording devices, identification systems, protective barriers, and related technologies.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Alarm and Security Technician

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.