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Career and Education Opportunities for Camera Repair Technicians in Portland, Maine

Camera repair technician career and educational opportunities abound in Portland, Maine. The national trend for camera repair technicians sees this job pool shrinking by about 15.4% over the next eight years. In general, camera repair technicians repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.

Camera repair technicians earn about $17 hourly or $37,040 per year on average in Maine and about $16 per hour or $34,300 per year on average nationally. Earnings for camera repair technicians are better than earnings in the general category of Office and Home Equipment in Maine and not quite as good as general Office and Home Equipment category earnings nationally.

There are twenty-three schools of higher education in the Portland area, including one within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree to start your career as a camera repair technician. Given that the most common education level for camera repair technicians is an Associate's, or other 2-year degree, you can expect to spend about two years studying to be a camera repair technician if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Camera Repair Technician

Camera Repair Technician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, camera repair technicians repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.

Camera repair technicians disassemble apparatus to gain access to defects, using hand tools. They also clean and lubricate cameras and polish camera lenses, using cleaning materials and work aids. Equally important, camera repair technicians have to adjust cameras and equipment such as range and view finders, shutters and lens systems, using hand tools. They are often called upon to test equipment performance, focus of lens systems and film transports, using precision gauges. They are expected to examine cameras and laboratory reports to diagnose malfunctions, using work aids and specifications. Finally, camera repair technicians calibrate and verify precision of light meters, shutter diaphragm operation, and lens carriers, using timing instruments.

Every day, camera repair technicians are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.

It is important for camera repair technicians to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications to establish needed fixes, fabrication method and operation sequence. They are often called upon to fabricate or modify faulty electronic and mechanical parts, using bench lathe and precision hand tools according to given requirements. Somewhat less frequently, camera repair technicians are also expected to record test data and document fabrication techniques on reports.

Camera repair technicians sometimes are asked to measure parts to confirm specified dimensions or settings. They also have to be able to set up film in aircraft camera and electrical assemblies and wiring in camera housing, following blueprints and using hand tools and soldering equipment And finally, they sometimes have to assemble aircraft cameras, still and motion picture cameras and frames, using diagrams and power tools.

Like many other jobs, camera repair technicians must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Portland include:

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Camera Repair Technician Training

Central Maine Community College - Auburn, ME

Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME 04210-6498. Central Maine Community College is a small college located in Auburn, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,426 students. Central Maine Community College has an associate's degree program in Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology which graduated seven students in 2008.


Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine photo by Pauk

Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.