With a high school diploma or GED it is possible to begin a career as a gas appliance repair technician. Gas appliance repair technicians fix appliances that are gas-fired.
Gas appliance repair technicians fix gas-fired appliances such as dryers, stoves, furnaces, ranges and fireplaces. Along with knowledge of gas appliances, they should also possess expertise in diagnosing and repairing problems with the electrical components inside gas appliances that keep them running. No formal education is required to become a gas appliance repair tech; on-the-job training is typically provided once employment is secured. Associate's degree programs in electronics and electrical engineering are available for those who wish to enroll in a postsecondary program.
|Required Education||None mandatory; a high school diploma or GED may be preferred|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||-3.4% for all home appliance repairers*|
|Median Salary (2015)||$36,200 for all home appliance repairers*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Education for a Gas Appliance Repair Technician
Little formal education is required to become a gas appliance repair technician. A high school diploma or equivalent is helpful in first attaining the job, but there are no degree programs available in this field and thus no degree requirements. There are, however, postsecondary technical and vocational programs available in appliance repair that can be helpful in finding jobs as gas appliance repair technicians.
These programs, typically offered at vocational schools or community colleges, generally last 1-2 years and concentrate on education relating to the electrical components of home appliances. Even though gas appliances are fired by gases such as liquid propane and natural gas, they still contain electrical components and repair technicians must know how to fix those problems as well as any that can arise from the gas-related components.
Since one can acquire a job as a gas appliance repair technician with little education, most training is done on the job under the guidance of workers with more experience. During training, new technicians hone their skills of troubleshooting various electronic and mechanical issues, interacting with customers in a friendly, professional manner and working independently to ensure adequate performance without supervision.
Many employers sponsor in-house classes and require technicians to attend seminars given by appliance manufacturers that keep repair skills up to date. Supplemental instruction is also available that trains technicians to perform warranty work and regular training sessions to ensure that they receive instruction on the latest models of gas-fired home appliances.
The initial training required by employers can last anywhere from a few months to a few years and supplemental instruction is ongoing to keep skills fresh and relevant. Manufacturers typically put out service bulletins to inform technicians and consumers of potential issues with gas appliances and technicians should be well-versed and up-to-date with these soon after they are released.
Because of the potential for volatility with gas-fired appliances that are incorrectly installed or serviced, training in this field must be thorough and constantly updated. Technicians should always have the tools available to ensure correct and safe repair of gas appliances.
Jobs for gas appliance repair technicians are expected to decline from 2014-2024. Although no specific postsecondary gas appliance technician training is available, completing a vocational program in appliance repair or an associate's degree in electronics and electrical engineering may be beneficial and help applicants increase their job prospects.