Computer-Repair Technicians

Last updated January 01, 2015

As the number of computers in businesses and homes increases, so does the number of computers needing repair.

Computer-repair technicians run diagnostic programs and use special testing equipment to find out why a computer isn’t working. But perhaps even more important, they listen closely to how customers describe problems with their computers and related equipment. And they help customers learn how to use their machines properly. 

Computer-repair technicians maintain and repair computers, scanners, printers, monitors, and other computer equipment.

Did You Know?

Since computers work around the clock, your work schedule could include some evening, weekend, and holiday shifts.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Use a voltmeter or circuit analyzer to detect defective parts
  • Answer the questions of someone who is just learning how to use a computer
  • Spend a holiday weekend fixing network equipment for a large business
  • Replace computer subsystems, such as hard drives or network cards

It Helps To Be...

A communicator and problem solver who loves a good mystery. You’ll have to pick up on clues and use them to figure out what the problem is.

Make High School Count

  • Take as many classes in computers and computer science as you can. As a computer-repair technician, you’ll need to know the Macintosh and Windows operating systems and be able to work on a wide variety of computers.
  • Sign up for electronics to get a head start understanding what goes on inside a computer.
  • Build solid language skills. You will be reading technical manuals and explaining complex procedures and systems to customers.

Did You Know?

Before repairing any equipment, technicians first need to discharge voltage; otherwise, they risk getting electrocuted.