Career Definition for a Home Appliance Repair Technician
Also known as an in-home service professional, home appliance repair technicians service a variety of household durable goods, with the exception of central cooling and heating units. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), repair technicians typically specialize in major appliances and must be particularly knowledgeable in the diagnosis, service, and repair of electronics and their components, while also keeping abreast of manufacturer service bulletins. Federal regulations require that home appliance repair and service technicians detail the capture and disposal of refrigerants used in cooling systems as they can contribute to ozone depletion if improperly discarded.
|Education||On the job training available, but employers prefer graduates of technical schools and community colleges|
|Certification||Exam required by the Environmental Protection Agency|
|Job Skills||Customer service, mechanical and electronic knowledge, independent work|
|Median Salary (2015)||$36,200 for home appliance repairers|
|Job Growth (2014-2024)||-3% for home appliance repairers|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Most home appliance repair technicians learn their craft through on-the-job training as an apprentice to master technicians. However, employers prefer to hire graduates of technical appliance repair or electronics programs offered at postsecondary technical schools or community colleges. While these programs can help reduce the amount of on-the-job training required for entry-level workers, trainees usually receive additional schooling from their employer and appliance manufacturers.
The Environmental Protection Agency requires that all technicians who work with refrigerants pass a written examination to become certified in the proper handling of these.
A friendly and customer-service oriented nature is as essential as mechanical and electronic ability. Because home appliance repair technicians work on appliances in homes, they must be able to interact with customers in a friendly and knowledgeable way and be able to work independently without much supervision.
Career and Economic Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected employment for home appliance repair technicians to drop by 3% from 2014 to 2024. The BLS published the median annual salary of home appliance repairers as $36,200 in May 2015.
Alternative Career Options
Consider these other careers in maintenance and repair:
Those who like to repair home appliances, but would like a career with a higher earning potential and better job outlook than home appliance repair technicians, may consider becoming heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians. These workers typically must complete 2-year degrees or apprenticeships to learn their craft, and they may be required to obtain certifications and licenses. HVAC technicians had a median annual salary of $45,110 in May 2015. Jobs for HVAC technicians are expected to grow by 14% from 2014 to 2024, according to the BLS.
General Maintenance and Repair Worker
While home appliance repair technicians fix specific appliances, general maintenance and repair workers are jacks-of-all-trades, able to perform minor repairs to a wide variety of building systems and appliances. These workers may learn on the job or take technical courses in blueprint reading, electric systems or wood working. The median annual salary for these workers was $36,630 in May 2015, according to the BLS. The BLS projects jobs in this field will increase by 6%, which is about average growth, from 2014 to 2024.