Business machine mechanic


Also known as:

  • Office equipment technician
  • Office machine technician

What they do

Business machine mechanics install, maintain, adjust, service and repair computers, photocopiers, fax machines, cash registers and other electronic commercial and office machines.

Their work tasks may include testing and fault finding, reassembling equipment and advising users of correct operating procedures.

Specialisations include: Photocopier technician

Working conditions

Business machine mechanics work for business machine and equipment manufacturing, sales, hire or servicing firms. They may also work for independent providers of machine maintenance service.

Business machine mechanics usually work in repair workshops or travel to clients' offices. They may need to lift heavy equipment.

Tools and technologies

A business machine mechanic may use: spanners; wrenches; Allen keys; screw drivers; vernier and calliper gauges; taps and dies; assorted drifts, punches and chisels; hammers; drills; pullers and extractors and diagnostic tools, such as ammeter/voltmeter. Compressors may be used to power machines and air tools to minimise risk of fire.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a business machine mechanic you usually need to undertake a business equipment technician apprenticeship. The apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend  time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.