Appliance Repair Training: Not for the Faint Of Heart

Fred's Appliance
October 7, 2013

Dishwashers. Washing machines. Microwaves. Clothes dryers. Stoves. Ovens, whether gas or electric. People today love their appliances, especially since they can now easily and quickly accomplish what used to be some of the most arduous and time consuming tasks. A great job opportunity, right? Selling people something they need to make life easier, and it’s not too hard on you, either. But, while providing these appliances to households is a great job, being able to repair them is more important. Appliance repair is a wide field, one that is much needed in today’s world. And, given that it requires a lot more than simply knowing how to use a screwdriver and plug things in, it’s not a field for everyone. One of the keys to succeeding in an appliance repair career is, as with anything, knowledge and training. There are a few options for good, reliable appliance repair training, including technical colleges or trade schools and on-the-job training from good repair companies. Most schools will give a Diploma in Appliance Repair, like the Appliance Repair Training. There are also online course options, like those offered by Technical Training Associates’ Major Appliance Repair courses.

Most schools will have programs that cover installation, troubleshooting refrigeration and electrical, and appliance components. Comprehensive education in the field can also include certifications in plumbing and/or electricity, in order for the service technician to work with a wider range of possible problems. Sounding like a scary amount of work yet? That’s just the learning part! Courses can be done in a classroom-type setting, or a more hands-on environment, depending on which option would work better for you.

If you choose to learn hands-on, on the job, be sure you are learning from a reputable company with a good track record and a well-developed training program. A competent service technician should be equipped to deal with the demands of customers, be knowledgeable enough to consider all possible problems, and be able to advise the customer on preventative maintenance instead of merely making repeated repairs. Here’s where it does get scary– knowing how to deal with the customers (and the inevitable scenes of chaos you will encounter during the workday), the pressure of actually having to fix a dying stove or a spastic washer in a real-life setting instead of a classroom.

So, consider yourself forewarned: it’s not a pretty field to get into. Anyone looking to get into appliance repair needs to be a tough, hardy individual not afraid to get dirty and work hard. If that sounds like you, and you’re ready for all the appliance repair training you’ll need to take a challenging career and challenge it right back, then Contact Us!

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