Courses in small appliance repair and basic electricity are offered at a number of community colleges and technical schools through certificate and diploma programs in appliance repair. Graduates of these programs may choose to start their own appliance repair business or find employment with appliance dealers, sewing machine shops, electronics stores and more.
Here is an outline of common concepts taught in sewing machine repair courses:
- Appliance maintenance
- Household repairs
- Mechanical operations
- Machine familiarity
- Repair tools
- Malfunction detection
- Electrical systems
List of Common Courses
Basic Small Appliance Repair Course
This course, which may appear under a number of different names, offers students a comprehensive overview of the skills required to perform basic maintenance on household appliances, including sewing machines, as well as provides practical hands-on experience. It is usually intended for students seeking future employment in the field of appliance repair. In general, topics covered in this course include electrical systems, motors, refrigeration and mechanical operations.
Students learn how to install, repair and replace basic appliances, a skill set that also involves troubleshooting malfunctioning appliances, practicing basic safety and ensuring that mechanical and electrical systems are running as smoothly as possible. Some basic appliance repair courses may go into more detail regarding principles of refrigeration, identification of mechanical components in appliances and trade terminology.
Other topics that may be covered in the curriculum for this course include high-pressure and low-pressure systems, diagnosis of malfunctions via visual and audible identification, and environmental concerns. Additionally, basic small appliance repair classes provide instruction on the proper tools for various tasks and give students the opportunity to practice and refine their skills to gain hands-on experience. This course is almost always offered in a single semester format.
Basic Electricity Course
The basic electricity course supplements the material covered in basic small appliance repair by giving students a broad course of instruction regarding the fundamental tenants of electricity and electrical systems - which is useful in sewing machine repair. Topics include the general nature of electricity, circuits and AC/DC theory, along with motors, servos, switches and relays. This course also covers wires and plugs, gears for motor-driven appliances, reciprocating motions and testing combination circuits. Like basic appliance repair, it is usually a 1-semester course that offers significant practical instruction, including the use of basic maintenance tools and the use and repair of electronic power tools.