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Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Repairs and adjusts cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.

This career is part of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication cluster Visual and Design Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Adjusts cameras, photographic mechanisms, or equipment such as range and view finders, shutters, light meters, or lens systems, using hand tools.
  • Disassembles equipment to gain access to defect, using hand tools.
  • Tests equipment performance, focus of lens system, diaphragm alignment, lens mounts, or film transport, using precision gauges.
  • Cleans and lubricates cameras and polishes camera lenses, using cleaning materials and work aids.
  • Requisitions parts or materials.
  • Calibrates and verifies accuracy of light meters, shutter diaphragm operation, or lens carriers, using timing instruments.
  • Examines cameras, equipment, processed film, or laboratory reports to diagnose malfunction, using work aids and specifications.
  • Reads and interprets engineering drawings, diagrams, instructions, or specifications to determine needed repairs, fabrication method, and operation sequence.
  • Measures parts to verify specified dimensions or settings, such as camera shutter speed or light meter reading accuracy, using measuring instruments.
  • Fabricates or modifies defective electronic, electrical, or mechanical components, using bench lathe, milling machine, shaper, grinder, or precision hand tools, according to specifications.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • 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

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