A computer repair technician is responsible for troubleshooting any problems that may arise regarding desktop computers, laptops, server,s and even mainframes. He/she is responsible for maintaining computers by fixing and solving complications concerning both the computer’s hardware and software.
To be a computer technician you need to at least be certified to repair computers. There are many short courses pertaining to computer repair that can be obtained within 6 months. Some community centers even offer free short courses for computer repair and also issue certification. You will also qualify or more precisely “over qualify” if you have an I.T. related bachelors degree. Do not worry, there are many graduates with computer science degrees who also do computer repair work as a way to make extra cash.
Duties and Responsibilities
There are a wide range of problems that can happen to computers and it is the Computer Repair Technician’s responsibility to ensure the repair of the computer’s hardware and software systems. These tasks range from replacing defective parts, soldering damaged circuit boards to removing viruses, spyware or Trojans that may be compromising the computer’s performance and security.
Upgrading and assembling computers is also an important job for a Computer Repair Technician due to the fast pace that technology progresses. Changing obsolete parts and finding the upgrades that best match the system are integral to maintaining computers in the long run.
Senior Computer Repair Technicians communicate with customers and determine the best solutions for their computer needs. They also handle teams of technicians and consult with computer parts retailers.
To be a Computer Repair Technician you must be certified to repair computers. Skill is essential so you must be familiar with the hardware and software aspects of modern computers. Problem solving and logic skills are paramount since there are a wide variety ways for computers to malfunction.
People skills are greatly appreciated since you may be dealing with customers and hearing them out with their computer problems. It is also important in establishing beneficial relationships with retailers and suppliers in the computer industry.
Certified Computer Repair Technicians make around $30,000 to $40,000. The money a Computer Repair Technician makes depend on the person’s level of experience, the size of the company and scale of the projects involved. The bigger the company, the more probability a seasoned Computer Repair Technician will be promoted to supervisor to lead a team of computer repairers. A Computer Repair Technician also has the potential to make extra money by taking on odd computer repair jobs outside the normal working hours. Shortage of customers won’t be a problem since computers are an integral part of modern society and everyone uses computers.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Health and retirement benefits also depend on the area and size of the company but these are usually standard. An entry level computer technician will normally earn close to minimum wage, but experience and knowledge will net veteran Computer Technicians a lucrative salary that is twice what their novice peers make.