Electronic Service Technician

ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Demonstrate professional practices by communicating with customers, estimating cost for services and completing documentation
  • Install, maintain and repair household and business electronic equipment, such as radios, televisions, bio-medical equipment, two way radios, audio and video cassette recorders, stereo equipment, photocopiers, computers and peripherals, telephone answering equipment, microwave ovens, remote control equipment and devices, and antenna systems
  • Inspect and test electronic equipment, components and assemblies using multi-meters, 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; follow equipment manuals and schematics; use soldering tools and other hand and power tools
  • Complete work orders, test and maintenance reports
  • Demonstrate product operation
  • Complete financial transactions

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work with tools inside small area
  • You work inside all year round, usually in comfortable temperatures
  • You work with diagnostic tools
  • You must be a lifelong learner to keep up with technological change
  • You like working with things
  • You like troubleshooting and solving problems

Career Opportunities

  • Electronic service technicians are employed by independent television and stereo repair shops, major department stores, electronic retail operations, manufacturers and manufacturers' repair facilities as well as authorized manufacturers' repair outlets
  • Some electronic service technicians have their own business
  • Electronic service technicians also work for the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Demand is increasing because many manufacturing companies have converted to advanced technologies and the number of job openings exceeds the supply of skilled workers

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 7,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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