Appliance repair technicians repair and install household appliances, i.e. refrigerators, microwaves, washers and dryers.
Appliance Repair Technician Job Duties
Appliance repair technicians typically do the following:
- Driving to customers place of residence or business
- Install home appliances (dryer, washer)
- Properly attach major appliances to water, gas, or electrical lines
- Clearly inspect non-functioning equipment
- Properly and accurately estimate repair or replacement costs
- Properly repair or fairly replace broken parts
- Provide instruction to customers on how to use the appliances
- Accurately bill customers and collect payment from customers
Appliance Repair School and Training
Appliance repair technicians learn their skills on the job by working alongside other experienced technicians but, some companies and appliance manufacturers do provide training through coursework. The introductory training program in electricity or electronics may last a few months to a few years, depending on the employer and the applied specialty. In some cases manufacturers also require that repair technicians also receive training to become authorized for appliance warranty work.
Although old fashioned on-the-job training is the most common and tried and true method of appliance repair training, employers are continuing to hire workers who have completed high school along with post-secondary vocational or technical programs in electronics or appliance repair. These programs can help reduce the amount of on-the-job training for entry-level workers and the costs to their employers. Most appliance repair technicians must take on-going education courses to maintain and to sharpen their skills to be able to repair the newest appliance models on the ever changing market.
Appliance Repair Technician Certification
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does require that all appliance repair technicians who buy or work with refrigerants are licensed in proper refrigerant handling. Although formal testing preparation is not mandatory, many employers and trade schools do offer training programs designed for the EPA exam.
Appliance Repair Technician Salary in California
In 2010, the median annual wage of appliance repair technician was $34,730 or $16.70 per hour. Employment of appliance repair techs is projected to grow seven percent from 2010 to 2020.