I'm brand new to the forum and excited to have found it! I've been in software sales for the past 8 years, and was recently laid off. While I was rethinking what I wanted to do with my life, I came across a book called "Shop class as a Soulcraft". The book basically talks about how most schools got rid of their shop class programs in the 1990's to make room for new computer labs to train kids to be "knowledge workers". It also talks about how as Americans we basically don't know how to "do anything" for ourselves any more.
After reading it, I decided that I wanted to learn a "trade" or skill. I wanted to learn a skill that was needed, in demand, and that was something they couldn't outsource to China, etc.
I have no real experience repairing appliances. I've never used an Ohmmeter, I can't read an electrical diagram or schematic. But I'm good with fixing and building computers and I think with some training I could find personal satisfaction in appliance repair, and hopefully be able to earn a good living. I can see that there is a clear need for more qualified appliance repairmen. I don't imagine that people will stop cooking on a stove, using a dishwasher or washing clothes in their homes anytime soon
After a lot of searching I'm learning that there are no classes I can take to learn the art of appliance repair (I'm in Indianapolis, IN). This distresses me. I've been watching videos online, reading a lot, and I ordered a large book about appliance repair to study. But nothing is better than learning hands on in a class environment, or out in the field.
I've thought about getting a weekend job with a local appliance repair company so I could get some training, but with me wanting to go into business for myself eventually I just think it'd be rude to have a place hire me and teach me, then leave them to do it on my own.
I wish there were a school or program here I could enroll in (like the school in washington I've read about on here) but I guess I'm going to have to learn the hard way, which is okay too.
I'd love to hear any advice or tips from any of the experts on here of what I can expect on my journey of learning. Any info would be great, and really appreciate you reading my post!