Computer/ATM/Office Machine Repairer

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1-2 years post-secondary training

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What They Do

Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers Career Video

Repairs, maintains, or installs computers, word processing systems, automated teller machines, and electronic office machines, such as duplicating and fax machines.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Reassembles machines after making repairs or replacing parts.
  • Converses with customers to determine details of equipment problems.
  • Disassembles machines to examine parts, such as wires, gears, or bearings for wear or defects, using hand or power tools and measuring devices.
  • Advises customers concerning equipment operation, maintenance, or programming.
  • Aligns, adjusts, or calibrates equipment according to specifications.
  • Repairs, adjusts, or replaces electrical or mechanical components or parts, using hand tools, power tools, or soldering or welding equipment.
  • Travels to customers' stores or offices to service machines or to provide emergency repair service.
  • Maintains parts inventories and orders any additional parts needed for repairs.
  • Operates machines to test functioning of parts or mechanisms.
  • Reinstall software programs or adjusts settings on existing software to fix machine malfunctions.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • ATM Technician (Automated Teller Machine Technician) — Diagnoses, repairs and installs ATM machines.
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  • Computer Technician
  • Copier Technician
  • Customer Service Engineer
  • Field Engineer — Responsibilities may include researching, developing, and designing machines and devices; installing hardware and servicing machines; and may supervise the construction of buildings, roads, airports, dams, tunnels, water supply and sewage systems, as well
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Field Service Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Service Technician