Appliance Installers and Repairers
Education & Training
To work as an appliance installer and repairer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED; and
- complete moderate-term on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some appliance installers and repairers complete a formal training program in appliance repair or electronics. Professional-technical schools or two-year colleges offer these programs. They grant a certificate or associate degree. In these programs you learn to read schematic drawings, analyze problems, and follow safety procedures. You also learn to determine whether to replace or repair parts.
Most installers and repairers learn their skills through on-the-job training. This usually lasts six months to one year. An experienced worker teaches you the skills needed for the job. You begin as a helper and do basic tasks. As you gain experience you work on more complex tasks. Training covers:
- using equipment and tools;
- making repairs; and
- providing customer service.
Related Programs (Current training programs available)
Fields of Study (What to study to prepare for this career)
Click on any of the Fields of Study listed below to find out more about preparing for this career.
- Electrical & Electronics Equip Installation and Repair
- Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology
Helpful High School Courses
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
- Appliance Repair
- Computer Fundamentals
- Equipment Maintenance and Repair
Many appliance installers and repairers are self-employed. If you want to run your own business some day, you should consider taking these courses as well:
- Introduction to Business
The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.
You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.