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Electric Motor/Power Tool Repairer  What They Do

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Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers Career Video



Repairs, maintains, or installs electric motors, wiring, or switches.

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


A person in this career:

  • Inspects and tests equipment to locate damage or worn parts and diagnoses malfunctions, or reads work orders or schematic drawings to determine required repairs.
  • Reassembles repaired electric motors to specified requirements and ratings, using hand tools and electrical meters.
  • Measures velocity, horsepower, revolutions per minute (rpm), amperage, circuitry, and voltage of units or parts to diagnose problems, using ammeters, voltmeters, wattmeters, and other testing devices.
  • Repairs and rebuilds defective mechanical parts in electric motors, generators, and related equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Lifts units or parts such as motors or generators, using cranes or chain hoists, or signals crane operators to lift heavy parts or subassemblies.
  • Records repairs required, parts used, and labor time.
  • Disassembles defective equipment so that repairs can be made, using hand tools.
  • Adjusts working parts, such as fan belts, contacts, and springs, using hand tools and gauges.
  • Lubricates moving parts.
  • Reads service guides to find information needed to perform repairs.

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.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Repair Technician --
  • Service Technician --
  • Tool Repair Technician --
  • Tool Technician --