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Electric Motor/Power Tool Repairer  What They Do

Just the Facts


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:

  • 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.
  • Records repairs required, parts used, and labor time.
  • Reassembles repaired electric motors to specified requirements and ratings, using hand tools and electrical meters.
  • Maintains stocks of parts.
  • Repairs and rebuilds defective mechanical parts in electric motors, generators, and related equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Rewires electrical systems, and repairs or replaces electrical accessories.
  • Inspects electrical connections, wiring, relays, charging resistance boxes, and storage batteries, following wiring diagrams.
  • Reads service guides to find information needed to perform repairs.
  • Inspects and tests equipment to locate damage or worn parts and diagnose malfunctions, or read work orders or schematic drawings to determine required repairs.
  • Solders, wraps, and coats wires to ensure proper insulation.

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.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • 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
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running 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
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Electrical Mechanic -- Maintains, tests, rebuilds and repairs electric motors, transformers, switchgear and other electrical apparatus.
  • Electronic Technician -- Lays out, builds, tests, troubleshoots, repairs and modifies developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool n
  • Hand and Portable Power Tool Repairer -- Repairs or replaces tools and defective parts, such as handles, vises, pliers, or metal buckets, using soldering tool, gas torch, power tools, or hand tools.
  • Magneto Repairer -- Tests and repairs magnetos used in gasoline and diesel engines, using meters, gauges, and handtools.
  • Electric Motor Assembler and Tester -- Assembles and adjusts repaired electric motors to meet specified ratings, using handtools and electrical meters.
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