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If you like solving problems and working with your hands, the field of electronic repair may suit you. Whether as a career or a hobby, learning electronic repair combines the challenge of building things with the fun of a puzzle. The professionally minded can obtain a solid career with a handsome salary. Those interested in a new hobby will save money on repair bills and replacement electronics. No matter what your reasons, learning electronic repair requires careful study and attention.
Attend a school near you. The field of electronics repair has become a common institution at community and technical colleges across the country. Look into the community, technical and trade colleges near you to see which one has the most extensive program. Start out with a night class or two to see whether the field is for you.
Read basic electronics books. Whether or not you're enrolled in a course, look into electronics repair books online or in large bookstores, bookstores dedicated to electronics and other technical skills, or at your local library. Some books concentrate on electronics repair in general, while others concentrate on specific tasks. Start with the general and proceed to the specific.
Read electronics magazines, which have a multitude of articles for the novice hobbyist and the experienced electronic repair person. "Nuts and Volts" is a popular current magazine, while you can find back issues of "Popular Electronics" at used magazine stores, online or at your local library. These typically include hands-on projects that will allow you to get a feel for electronics repair.
Get basic electronics tools. To start practicing, you'll need a set of very basic electronics repair tools. This should include a multimeter, a soldering iron, a breadboard and a power supply, at the very least.
Practice on basic electronics kits. Your local electronics store should have a good supply of electronics kits for the hobbyist and beginner. Pick up one or two of these and start practicing what you have learned on them. It's a great way to gain mastery over repairing specific types of circuits.
Consult with more experienced electronics repair people. Your town may have clubs dedicated to electronics repair. Access online forums, such as EDABoard.com and ElectronicsPoint.com, where you can discuss electronics repair with experienced professionals and hobbyists.
Nicholas Pell began writing professionally in 1995. His features on arts, culture, personal finance and technology have appeared in publications such as "LA Weekly," Salon and Business Insider. Pell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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