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Career and Education Opportunities for Car Electronics Installers in San Jose, California

There are many career and education opportunities for car electronics installers in the San Jose, California area. About 3,200 people are currently employed as car electronics installers in California. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 9% to 3,500 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for car electronics installers are expected to grow by about 0.1%. In general, car electronics installers install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.

The income of a car electronics installer is about $14 hourly or $29,440 yearly on average in California. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $13 per hour or $27,640 per year on average. Earnings for car electronics installers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Electrical in California and not quite as good as general Electrical category earnings nationally.

There are fifty-nine schools of higher education in the San Jose area, including six within twenty-five miles of San Jose where you can get a degree to start your career as a car electronics installer. The most common level of education for car electronics installers is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time studying to be a car electronics installer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Car Electronics Installer

In general, car electronics installers install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.

Car electronics installers set up equipment and accessories such as stereos and security systems. They also splice wires with knives or cutting pliers, and solder connections to fixtures and equipment. Equally important, car electronics installers have to cut openings and drill holes for fixtures and equipment, using electric drills and routers. They are often called upon to diagnose or repair problems with electronic equipment, such as sound and security equipment, in motor vehicles. They are expected to examine and test electrical or electronic systems to identify and diagnose malfunctions, using visual inspections and testing instruments such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters. Finally, car electronics installers remove and clean electrical or electronic parts.

Every day, car electronics installers are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus. It is also important that they twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

It is important for car electronics installers to estimate costs of fixes on the basis of parts and labor charges. They are often called upon to record results of diagnostic tests. Somewhat less frequently, car electronics installers are also expected to build fiberglass or wooden enclosures for sound parts, and fit them to automobile dimensions.

Car electronics installers sometimes are asked to build fiberglass or wooden enclosures for sound parts, and fit them to automobile dimensions. They also have to be able to talk with customers to establish the nature of malfunctions And finally, they sometimes have to estimate costs of fixes on the basis of parts and labor charges.

Like many other jobs, car electronics installers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in San Jose include:

  • Avionics Technician. Install, inspect, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.
  • Electrical Line Worker. Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
  • Electrical and Electronics Repair and Maintenance Person. Repair, test, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.
  • Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Repairer. Repair, adjust, or install audio or television receivers, stereo systems, or other electronic home entertainment equipment.
  • Electronics Mechanic. Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Car Electronics Installer Training

Las Positas College - Livermore, CA

Las Positas College, 3033 Collier Cyn Rd, Livermore, CA 94551-7650. Las Positas College is a medium sized college located in Livermore, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 8,098 students. Las Positas College has one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated four, one, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Wyotech-Fremont - Fremont, CA

Wyotech-Fremont, 200 Whitney Place, Fremont, CA 94539. Wyotech-Fremont is a small school located in Fremont, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 1,703 students and an admission rate of 85%. Wyotech-Fremont has less than one year, one to two year, and associate's degree programs in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated seventy-nine, 432, and eighty-five students respectively in 2008.

Chabot College - Hayward, CA

Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545. Chabot College is a large college located in Hayward, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 14,299 students. Chabot College has less than one year, one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated three, one, three, and zero students respectively in 2008.

De Anza College - Cupertino, CA

De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014. De Anza College is a large college located in Cupertino, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 24,677 students. De Anza College has less than one year, one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated five, thirty-three, thirty-three, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Evergreen Valley College - San Jose, CA

Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd, San Jose, CA 95135-1598. Evergreen Valley College is a large college located in San Jose, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,621 students. Evergreen Valley College has less than one year, one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated twenty-two, four, eight, and zero students respectively in 2008.

College of Alameda - Alameda, CA

College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501. College of Alameda is a medium sized college located in Alameda, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,576 students. College of Alameda has one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated nineteen, four, and zero students respectively in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Customer Service Specialist: An individual who successfully passes ETA's World Class CSS Certification exam is professionally recognized as having the ability to uphold the interpersonal and business standards necessary in today's workplace.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: San Jose, California

San Jose, California
San Jose, California photo by Leslie

San Jose is situated in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 948,279, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in San Jose, 163, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Jose are priced at $163,800 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred fourteen new homes were built in San Jose, down from three hundred twenty-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in San Jose are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 28 minutes. More than 31.6% of San Jose residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Jose is 13.2%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of San Jose residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Almaden Hill United Methodist Church, Almaden Valley United Methodist Church and Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses are some of the churches located in San Jose. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

San Jose is home to the Evergreen Ranch and the Rosegarden Branch San Jose Public Library as well as Almaden Winery Park and Albertson Park. Shopping malls in the area include Almaden Plaza Shopping Center, Almaden Via Valiente Plaza Shopping Center and Foxworthy Shopping Center. Visitors to San Jose can choose from Atrium Gardens, Best Western Airport Plaza and Best Western Inn Airport Plaza for temporary stays in the area.