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Career and Education Opportunities for Car Electronics Installers in Columbia, Maryland

Car electronics installers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Columbia, Maryland area. There are currently 340 working car electronics installers in Maryland; this should grow 11% to about 380 working car electronics installers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for car electronics installers are expected to grow by about 0.1%. Car electronics installers generally install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.

The average wage in the general category of Electrical jobs is $23 per hour or $48,111 per year in Maryland, and an average of $20 per hour or $41,870 per year nationwide.

There are four schools within twenty-five miles of Columbia where you can study to be a car electronics installer, among 109 schools of higher education total in the Columbia area. Car electronics installers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Columbia include:

  • 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.
  • 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

The Community College of Baltimore County - Baltimore, MD

The Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21237. The Community College of Baltimore County is a large college located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 20,673 students. The Community College of Baltimore County has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated eleven and fifty-one students respectively in 2008.

Montgomery College - Rockville, MD

Montgomery College, 40 W. Gude Drive, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20850. Montgomery College is a large college located in Rockville, Maryland. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 24,452 students. Montgomery College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated forty-two and eleven students respectively in 2008.

Lincoln Technical Institute - Columbia, MD

Lincoln Technical Institute, 9325 Snowden River Pky, Columbia, MD 21046. Lincoln Technical Institute is a small school located in Columbia, Maryland. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 1,217 students. Lincoln Technical Institute has a one to two year program in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated 224 students in 2008.

Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale, VA

Northern Virginia Community College, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, VA 22003-3796. Northern Virginia Community College is a large college located in Annandale, Virginia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 41,870 students. Northern Virginia Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician which graduated ten and twenty-seven 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: Columbia, Maryland

Columbia, Maryland
Columbia, Maryland photo by Jeff Kubina

Columbia is located in Howard County, Maryland. It has a population of over 96,421. The cost of living index in Columbia, 100, is near the national average.

The three most popular industries for women in Columbia are educational services, health care, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, public administration, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 30 minutes. More than 59.0% of Columbia residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 28.7%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Columbia residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 49.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Atholton Seventh Day Adventist Church and Long Reach Interfaith Center are all churches located in Columbia. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Columbia is home to the Symphony Woods Office Center and the Rivers Corporate Park as well as Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and Clarksville Environmental Area. Shopping centers in the area include Governor Century Plaza Shopping Center, Atholton Shopping Center and Owen Brown Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Columbia can choose from PFMG, Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Inn Columbia for temporary stays in the area.