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How Do I Become an Equipment Specialist?

Dan Cavallari
By Dan Cavallari
Updated May 17, 2024
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An equipment specialist will test, diagnose, repair, and even build electronic systems within a wide variety of machinery in industrial settings or even medical settings. There are several ways to become an equipment specialist, though all will require you to complete a high school education with decent grades in math and sciences. Basic communication skills will also be necessary, as you will work with engineers or equipment specialists on various projects. Once you graduate from high school, you will need to enroll in a post-secondary certificate program or associate's degree program to become an equipment specialist.

The certificate program or associate's degree will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to become an equipment specialist, and most employers will require that you complete such training. In some areas, specific certifications or licenses may also be necessary before you can become an equipment specialist, so be sure to look into the various requirements employers are looking for. While you are earning your certificate or degree, you can seek out internships or apprenticeships that will give you real work experience that you can list on a resume. Such positions will give you added qualifications and experience in the field that employers will be looking for.

After you graduate from the college program, you will need to apply for jobs. Research various industrial or medical companies looking for equipment specialists and carefully read the job description to ensure you are qualified. You will likely need to start with an entry-level position if you want to become an equipment specialist, and once you work in that position for a period of time, you can work your way up to better paying positions. You may end up working under the guidance and supervision of a more experienced equipment specialist or engineer at first; take this as a good opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge.

Another way to become an equipment specialist is to join the military. Some branches of the military require equipment specialists for a wide variety of applications, and the job training will not cost you any money. You will, however, need to commit to serving in the military for several years, and you should be prepared to be away from home for long periods of time. You may also end up working in hostile situations and stressful atmospheres, so only consider this option if you are enthusiastic about the military and prepared for the commitment required.

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