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  1. Doug

    Doug Guest

    If you were looking for a technician's job, how and where would you
    look? We have advertised in the classifieds for weeks, several times
    during the last year, trying to find someone to help us with
    televisions and audio gear. Response has been disappointing.

    There are no schools in our area teaching the skills we need. Does
    anyone have suggestions on how we could find someone to fill our

  2. NSM

    NSM Guest

    What area? What about grocery store notice boards? Local IBEW hall?

  3. Guest

    Unless you are willing to pay over $50K for someone with the skills and
    experience, good luck. Most people with those skills and experience
    are already gainfully employed with a larger firm with full benefits.
    Unless they are total losers.

    There is such a big shortage of biomedical electronics technicians
    nationwide, many people leaving the consumer electronics repair field
    with 2 year are better degrees, are upgrading training with anatomy and
    physiology, chemistry, and if possible a couple of biomedical
    electronics courses. Starting pay is not bad, not super good either,
    but it is a very stable field with generally good benefits. $15.00 hr
    to start with very little experience and lots of on the job training,
    plus full medical and 401K. Typical $20 hr after 5 years. Add the
    fact it is a relatively easy job for someone to move over from
    electronics repair, and many people are looking at it.

    There is also a good possibility that the ad you have been running is
    very poorly written. Most good technicians are already employed and
    have no trouble finding employment, barring a big company layoff of a
    large number of technicians at once. You have to provide enough
    details about the job, reposibilities, and pay scale/benefits to
    recruit people who are already employed. You will have to make sure
    you pay and benefits are at least average for your area or better.

    Where are you at?
  4. I have stop work as a electronic repair man and go to school for 2 year
    to learn video grapics and stuff like that, beacuse I find the repair
    field dying...
    I live in Sweden, things may be different here.

    Mr Nisse
  5. _VA_Couple

    _VA_Couple Guest

    hey Doug,
    you have 2 techs right here in Va. with 40 years between us in consumer
    electronics..!! where are you??

    Dave & Craig,
  6. jmasters

    jmasters Guest

    You may want to evaluate whether your requirements listed in the ad'
    were too restrictive (in terms of pay, hours required to work
    necessary skill set, etc) or evaluate whether the skillset you want ca
    be instilled in anybody with a modicum of interest in that kind of work

    You might also want to check with local high school instructors to se
    if there are students who are good at that kind of work who might b
    interested and trainable. Yes, that might require a bit more help o
    your end, but many schools (at least where I'm at) have droppe
    vocational programs, and the economics suggest (to me anyway) tha
    electronics repair is dwindling. I have a 2 year degree in electronic
    repair (digital area, not so much analog as in radio's, amplifiers, etc
    and did cryptographic repair in the military for 4 years. The degre
    was acquired approx 15 years ago, and the writing was on the wall bac
    then, which is why I chose the digital track and then continued on wit
    Computer Science degree work.

    Some other suggestions might be to see if there are local militar
    bases with electronic repair shops nearby, with people who might b
    willing to make some extra money. Then there are other shops - if yo
    offer better compensation, training opportunities, benefits, etc. Yo
    might be able to score. Try leaving cards in nearby sandwich sho
    bulletin boards.

    I'd also look in the phonebook for copier or appliance repair shop
    (supply houses might work too) and see if they can recommend some goo
    people they've seen around. FWIW, it seems that the emphasis of lat
    towards preparing kids to go on to academic careers in college (and th
    lack of funding for voc-ed programs) as well as the fast-paced mov
    towards extremely high density/complexity (and disposably priced
    electronics has removed a lot of economic incentives for continue wor
    in this area.

    You may also want to consider contacting local college career center
    to see if you can place advertisements on their bullletin boards to se
    if you can't score on any students who are retraining (away from prio
    electronic tech jobs) and could use some extra money. Or if there ar
    technical schools in the area (not necessarily electronics, but mor
    "technical" in nature where people might be training for another lin
    of work)

    Check and for resumes and see if you can find an
    local resumes for technical people with keywords like "electronic"
    "repair", "television", "audio" or "radio".

    If you want to find people for this type of work, you won't usuall
    find them via a newspaper ad. Check out local Ham/Computer swap meets
    be willing to ask around. When you find someone, get references. Don'
    be overly rigorous. You want to find someone who's good, unless you'r
    not willing to pay for good techs. And that needs to be evaluated a
    well. And you need to be sensitive as to whether or not your shop ha
    a good reputation for employment. A number of dealerships around her
    can't seem to find good tech's, but they treat their techs like dirt
    and word gets around.

    One other idea that just came to mind would be any local electroni
    parts stores. We have a couple of places in town, some of them ar
    high priced salvage shops, but they bring in people who rummage th
    bins for electronics parts, and those types of people know how to fin
    their way around repair work/circuit boards.

    And it would be helpful if you'd put your locality, as there might b
    someone here on this forum that might be looking for extra/new work.

    Good luck!

  7. N Cook

    N Cook Guest

    And more generally , I don't know what its called generically,
    Splits into 2 different repair areas.
    1/ company specific technicians who just change boards with
    company/product/model specific fault dignosis charts/procedures.
    2/ Component level repair techs who can take on a wide range
    of kit but turn around time is much longer

    electronic hints and repair briefs , schematics/manuals list on
  8. One other point: Some companies get a bad reputation whether the
    deserve it or not and people just ignore the ads. I worked for a
    engineer to order electronics manufacturer. I wore a jacket with their
    logo on it to a hamfest and got heckled all day long and bored with
    stories about how bad everything was at the plant. When I would tell
    them that I had never seen what they were talking about in the years i
    worked there, I was called a liar, because his buddy's buddy told him
    all the horror stories while they were out drinking, or there 14th
    cousin 17 times removed got fired and they were all horrible people.
    One people get that mindset they won't even consider applying for a job.

    I have had two shops want to hire me in the last two years but I am
    now 100% disabled. I can troubleshoot, but I can barely walk and have
    lost so much strength I can't even pick up some of the test equipment
    anymore. I always enjoyed being a tech whether I was self employed,
    working in an old TV shop at 13 or working in manufacturing on the floor
    or in engineering. You will find a lot of good people who could do the
    work but have become frustrated because no one was willing to give them
    a chance because of physical problems. I got my last job because the
    company was desperate. They wanted four techs for production. I was
    the only one who applied so they finally took the chance and were
    surprised I could do the work of two or three of the other techs every
    day, but I would have to take days off for doctor's appointments. When
    I started running out of vacation and sick days to cover them and too
    ill to accept much overtime I was laid off. they told me I was no longer
    a team player because I "Had the nerve!" to refuse overtime. Employees
    aren't machines, but some plaes forget that, too.
  9. harrogate2

    harrogate2 Guest

    It might help your cause if you gave an approximate location?
  10. Bob Shuman

    Bob Shuman Guest

    How about a retired or laid off hardware designer/electrical engineer?
    Seems there are a lot of them out there these days and if the hours are
    flexible, they might enjoy the work and not require as much training to
    bring up to speed.

  11. cl

    cl Guest

    How about informing the local State Employment office or similar agencies of
    your needs!

  12. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    Servicing home entertainment equipment on the bench is a dying profession.
    Many of the highly skilled technical people are getting jobs directly for
    the manufactures. The very good techs are earning very large salaries. If
    you are a small independent operating, it will be very difficult to get
    someone that is very good.

    I worked in service centres where we were paid about $20 US + pre hour as a
    base rate. Many of the techs in these service centres were making an average
    of about $25 US per hour.

    If you went around to the tech schools, universities, and posted a job offer
    at least $20 per hour to start with, and offered something attractive with
    it, then you may have some success. You will have to weed out the good ones
    from the bulk that come in. This is what most employers have to be able to


    Jerry G.

    If you were looking for a technician's job, how and where would you
    look? We have advertised in the classifieds for weeks, several times
    during the last year, trying to find someone to help us with
    televisions and audio gear. Response has been disappointing.

    There are no schools in our area teaching the skills we need. Does
    anyone have suggestions on how we could find someone to fill our

  13. Doug

    Doug Guest

    To all who responded, Thank You!

    We will try some of your suggestions, along with expanding our search
    into adjacent counties. We have investigated using a
    government-affiliated service that offers free help to job seekers.
    Unfortunately, the service is not free to employers, and is out of our

    We're looking for an experienced or well-trained tech. Most who would
    qualify are already working or have retired. Posting ads in public
    places is a great idea, because they might be seen by someone who's not
    actually looking for a job, but might enjoy working here.

    The tech schools in our area do not offer couses in consumer product
    repair, but we will speak with them. It's worth a try.

    For those who asked, we're in PA.

    Thanks again to all,

  14. Doug,

    I looked for a tech for several years and had to end up getting a graduate
    of a generic electronics program and training him. After about a year he is
    getting to the point that he can produce without much supervision. It is
    quite an investment in time, but if you can find someone who is committed it
    is worth it. I now have a tech who understands how we like to do things and
    is rapidly developing into a good problem solver.

  15. Things are good in Gainesville. Everyone is still looking for techs. The
    business is more challenging all the time but we keep learning and
    fixing...glad to see you are back. Where were you?


  16. Leonard, I'm glad you finally found someone I was off line for over
    a year and ended up on full disability. I have just been back on line
    for a couple weeks now. How are things in Gainsville these days?
  17. I got to where I couldn't afford a telephone or internet access. I
    tried to set up a Google news account from the library, but their
    security wouldn't let me. So, I had no access for a year. I recently
    was awarded a 100% non service connected disability and can afford to be
    on line for right now. I would rather be able to work, but I'm addicted
    to eating and having a roof over my head. A shop near belleview wanted
    me to work a few hours a week, but I never know when I will feel well
    enough to do anything. I am keeping busy, though. the local Vets
    Helping Vets will be collecting used and dead computers for me to
    repair. We will give them to disabled vets in Marion county who can't
    afford to buy a computer.

    Also, my church is looking for a portable classroom or office to set
    up free computer classes. I have a couple smart kids who have some
    interest in electronics and I am hoping to make decent techs out of them
    by the time they graduate. They have the aptitude, but being teenagers
    they have too many distractions. I will try to stop in for a visit
    again sometime, if i get the chance. I've been riding the VA shuttle
    from Ocala to Gainsville for the past year but I hope to get my old
    truck back on the road so I can start driving again.
  18. Mike,

    Tried to send you a private an error on the screen to request
    addition to your authorized list.

    email me at
    first letter of my first name +
    first six letters of last name

    or call me at the shop. Maybe we can help each other out.

  19. I cleared your messages and replied to you. I'm sorry I have to keep
    the spam filter set so high but I check the trap several times a day. I
    had only been back on line 15 minutes when the spam started, and a
    couple hours before an idiot on a newsgroup started mailing me
    obscenities and claiming I had him thrown off his ISP while I had no
    Internet access. I finally had to trap his entire ISP for email and
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