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Offline learning

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Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« on: March 02, 2009, 02:35:13 PM »
How does someone just graduating from high school get started in appliance repair?

What can a new appliance repair technician expect to make his first year?

If your a appliance technician now and had a chance to start over would you pick a different career or would you stick with appliance repair?

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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009, 04:29:35 PM »
There are many good trade schools around as well as many "Moneymakers" research and ask questions.
As far as myself I started over forty years ago and never regret one day of it. True there are ups and downs, but when a customer says Thank You be it in person or here on the forum, you get that warm fuzzy feeling.  ;)
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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2009, 04:43:32 PM »
I would do it all over again.
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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009, 08:31:38 PM »
start with basic electricity...there more work then people to do it...

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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009, 08:54:13 PM »
start with basic electricity...there more work then people to do it...

Is this true for appliance repair too?


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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009, 08:56:10 PM »
You can not do appliance repair without basic electric knowledge.
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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009, 09:01:50 PM »
What you need to do is go to a state technical school and get a pell grant. Now is the time to get into the biz because technology is changing the way we cook our food clean our clothes and control the temperature of our homes. I know guys that only after a short time in tech school were hire right out of the class room to work day and go to school at night. The School will work a schedule in for you. They will loan you money and you will get paid while learning and it won't be a crappy asz washer college which promises wishy washy PC jobs and nurses aid training. A real honest to goodness trade school! Now is the time my friend.
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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009, 09:03:43 PM »
start with basic electricity...there more work then people to do it...

What kind of work can you get by starting with basic electricity?

Is this something I would just learn in a appliance school or something I need to learn before going to school for appliance repair?


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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2009, 09:06:17 PM »
What is starting pay for someone right out of school?
What can someone with 5 years experience expect to make?


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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2009, 09:13:35 PM »
Go to the library and see if they have a copy of the book Modern heating and air conditioning or buy a used copy for $5 online. It will be the best money you ever spent:
http://www.alibris.com/search/books/qwork/4425535/used/Modern%20refrigeration%20and%20air%20conditioning
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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2009, 09:30:39 PM »
Go to the library and see if they have a copy of the book Modern heating and air conditioning or buy a used copy for $5 online. It will be the best money you ever spent:
http://www.alibris.com/search/books/qwork/4425535/used/Modern%20refrigeration%20and%20air%20conditioning

What's this have to do with appliance repair?

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The guide tells how to diagnose and remedy HVAC problems

I want to learn appliance repair not HVAC.

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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2009, 09:47:21 PM »
When I started out (Washer on Noah's Ark)   :2funny: HVAC/R and Appliance Repair were in the same shop. Even when I worked for RCA servicing Whirlpool, we took care of Central A/C, Heating, Ice Machines as well as Appliances.
When teaching refrigeration I had students say "I don't want to do domestic". I reminded them that everyone who buys milk from one commercial reach in has a domestic refrigerator that eventually will need repair. O0
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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2009, 06:22:34 AM »
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If your a appliance technician now and had a chance to start over would you pick a different career or would you stick with appliance repair?

This turned out to be a good career choice after 36 years...I found out that even though the economy is in a slump appliances still need to be fixed, and not everyone can rush down to Sears and buy new ones any more. My job is not in jeopardy, it has actually improved with harder times.
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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2009, 03:30:31 PM »
In the book  modern refrigeration and heating they have chapters on refrigerators ice machines and auto air. If you want to make money you need to know this stuff. If you interview on a job they ain't just gonna hire a washer man or a dryer man or a stove man.
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Re: Is appliance repair a good career choice?
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2009, 04:38:39 PM »
According to Ice, they don't hire fat guys either...

right Bob?
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