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Are you interested in an appliance repair career? You may be unsure of how to get started. It seems like the people in the business have been doing it for years and usually learned from their father or somebody else in their family. If you weren’t lucky enough to be born into a family already successful in the repair industry, there are other ways to learn the business.
Seek formal training through trade schools or community colleges. Several technical schools offer various programs to train you in appliance repair. For example, ITT Technical Institute has an Electronics and Communications Engineering Technology program in which you can learn to design, install, and maintain communications systems. Decide which area of study you want to specialize in so you can pursue programs in that area. Trade schools typically offer programs that take one to two years to complete.
Seek training from appliance manufacturers. Many appliance manufacturers and even some department stores offer two- to three-week courses in which you can work on demo appliances and other types of training equipment. Repairmen who are authorized to work on appliances under warranty are often required to attend some of these training courses. Even if you have already attended formal training elsewhere, these training programs are good to have under your belt. For example, Trane offers a variety of classes dealing with its air conditioning products.
Become an apprentice. One way to gain the skills of the trade is to work under a professional. During an apprenticeship, you will work on one appliance at a time until you master the skills for that particular piece of equipment. Once you have mastered the skills, you will move on to a new appliance. Find out about apprenticeship programs by asking community colleges in your area. You will receive classroom instruction in combination with on-the-job training. An apprenticeship generally lasts four to five years. You get paid while you are working, but about half as much as you would normally make as a repairman. Once your apprenticeship is over, you receive a certificate of completion and will be qualified to work on your own.
Seek training from the comfort of your home. Just by searching for appliance repair video courses on Google, you will find an abundance of results. One company is Uncle Harry’s Appliance Repair Training. He offers video courses for several appliances and brands of appliances. If you are interested in a more formal type of training program, but don’t have the time to go to a trade school, learn from home through an online educator such as Penn Foster.
With more than 15 years of professional writing experience, MiShaun Taylor specializes in legal- and wedding-related articles. Her work has appeared in "Pediatrics for Parents," "ISBA News" and Recipestoday.com. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.