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Casino slot technicians work at casinos and other gaming establishments that use slot machines. They repair and maintain the machines and also help relocate machines from one casino to another.
Although some casinos hire high school graduates and train them on the job, the introduction of technologically advanced slot machines calls for formally trained technicians. The College of South Nevada, for instance, offers a certificate course in electronics engineering technology that provides training in slot machine technology and digital logic. International Game Technology, a Las Vegas-based company that manufactures slot machines, also offers slot technician certification programs that aspiring techs can complete to improve their job prospects.
Nurture the Skills
To thrive in the job, prospective casino slot technicians require the ability to read and interpret technical procedures and software manuals. When installing a new slot machine, they must be able to use a range of specialized work tools and devices, and closely follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills are essential as well, since these technicians have a duty to diagnose and resolve issues such as coin jams and machine tilts. Because some tasks may involve working in teams, casino slot technicians need strong communication and teamwork skills.
Based in New York City, Alison Green has been writing professionally on career topics for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in “U.S. News Weekly” magazine, “The Career” magazine and “Human Resources Journal.” Green holds a master's degree in finance from New York University.