Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers

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Also known as:
Aircraft Photographic Equipment Repairer, Camera Machinist, Camera Repair Technician, Camera Repairer, Photographic Equipment Technician

ABOUT CAMERA OR PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT REPAIRER CAREERS
Video transcript

The world of cameras and photography is becoming increasingly complex. What once was a simple mechanical matter of allowing light to enter a box and engrave an image now can involve complex electronics and computer chips. So camera and photographic equipment repairers need very specific knowledge and training.

Career schools offer classes in subjects like computer or film technology. Manufacturers and retailers offer on-the-job training. The tasks vary widely, covering everything from the repair of a conventional reflex camera to the latest digital device.

These jobs require an ability to work with your hands on tiny mechanisms, and excellent eyesight. You may need to be familiar with sophisticated instruments that measure parts and check settings. You may also work on older cameras, where the right parts may not be available. In these cases, you have to build replacement parts or strip junked cameras. When machining parts, you may use a lathe, grinding wheel or other metalworking tools.

Cameras and photographic equipment must be in perfect working order to perform well. So when it comes to repairing them, the "focus" is definitely on patience and precision. With the growth of computer and internet technology, digital cameras are becoming increasingly popular. So job opportunities for camera and photographic equipment repairers should continue to "develop."

SNAPSHOT
Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
LOW
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Read and interpret engineering drawings, diagrams, instructions, or specifications to determine needed repairs, fabrication method, and operation sequence.

Examine cameras, equipment, processed film, or laboratory reports to diagnose malfunction, using work aids and specifications.

Adjust cameras, photographic mechanisms, or equipment such as range and view finders, shutters, light meters, or lens systems, using hand tools.

Calibrate and verify accuracy of light meters, shutter diaphragm operation, or lens carriers, using timing instruments.

Clean and lubricate cameras and polish camera lenses, using cleaning materials and work aids.

Requisition parts or materials.

Measure parts to verify specified dimensions or settings, such as camera shutter speed or light meter reading accuracy, using measuring instruments.

Disassemble equipment to gain access to defect, using hand tools.

Test equipment performance, focus of lens system, diaphragm alignment, lens mounts, or film transport, using precision gauges.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
TOP SKILLS
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.