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Business machine mechanic

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Summary of occupation

Business machine mechanics install, maintain, adjust, service and repair computers, photocopiers, fax machines, cash registers and other electronic commercial and office machines.

Their work tasks may include testing and fault finding, reassembling equipment and advising users of correct operating procedures.

ANZSCO description: Installs, maintains and repairs electronic business equipment such as multi-function devices, photocopiers, scanners, fax machines and cash registers.
Alternative names: Communications Operator, Electronic Equipment Trades Worker, Electronic Instrument Trades Worker, Electronic Instrument Trades Worker, Office Equipment Technician, Office Machine Technician
Specialisations: Business equipment technicians, Computer Hardware Service Technician, Photocopier Technician
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

Business equipment technicians need:

  • to apply knowledge of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles in commissioning and maintaining control systems
  • to enjoy working with electrical, electronic and mechanical systems
  • to enjoy solving practical problems
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • good communication skills
  • to enjoy working with computers.
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Working conditions

Business machine mechanics work for business machine and equipment manufacturing, sales, hire or servicing firms. They may also work for independent providers of machine maintenance service.

Business machine mechanics usually work in repair workshops or travel to clients' offices. They may need to lift heavy equipment.

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Salary details

On average, business machine mechanics, classified under electronics trades workers, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

A business machine mechanic may use: spanners; wrenches; Allen keys; screw drivers; vernier and calliper gauges; taps and dies; assorted drifts, punches and chisels; hammers; drills; pullers and extractors and diagnostic tools, such as ammeter/voltmeter. Compressors may be used to power machines and air tools to minimise risk of fire.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a business machine mechanic you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The business equipment tradesperson apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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