Is Appliance Repair Training Right for You? What to Expect in Class & at Work

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An appliance repair instructor and student at the Pre-apprenticeship Training Institute in Ontario

One of the best things about the appliance repair trade is the steady demand for skilled service technicians.

The average household relies heavily on a range of appliances for everyday use—washing machines, dryers, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators…we’re totally dependent on these machines.

And then you have commercial clients, like restaurants, food companies, and cafeterias, that also need appliance repair technicians to install and maintain their units.

As technology improves, the appliances we use will only get more complex and sophisticated.

There’ll always be a need for well-trained, skilled technicians who can install, troubleshoot, and service the next generation of products.

Think that might be you?

Read on to learn more about your appliance repair training options, what to expect in class, and where you could find work.

The 2 Types of Appliance Repair Training

The first thing you should know is that there are 2 kinds of appliance repair training: appliance service technician training and domestic appliance technician training.

What’s the main difference between these career paths? It all comes down to the type of appliances the technician is qualified to work on.

Domestic appliance technicians are specially trained to work with gas-fired units, like furnaces, hot water heaters, boilers and some types of refrigerators.

Meanwhile, appliance service technicians are trained to repair and maintain electrical units, like built-in ovens, cook-tops, and washer/dryers.

Related: Domestic Appliance Technician VS Appliance Service Technician: What’s The Difference?

Skills You’ll Learn in a Quality Appliance Repair Program

The skills you’ll learn in training will (obviously) depend on which type of appliance repair program you choose. Here’s a quick comparison of what’s covered in both programs.

In appliance service technician training, you’ll learn:

  • how to install, repair and service washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, built-in ovens, counter cook top units, microwaves, refrigerators, and freezers
  • appliance repair safety, like lockout/tagout, WHMIS, Confined Spaces Hazard Awareness training, and environmental refrigerant laws (ODP)
  • how to use hand and power tools needed for appliance repair
  • electrical, electronics and plumbing related to servicing appliances
  • how to read electronic schematics and order appliance parts

The Pre-apprenticeship Training (PAT) Institute recently partnered with Whirlpool Canada to make sure our appliance repair students get access to the latest training materials, tools, and technologies.

If you enrol in this program, you’ll have the chance to work on cutting-edge Whirlpool machines, and learn the diagnostic, repair, and business skills taught in their Technician Pipeline Program.

Learn more here: How PAT’s New Partnership With Whirlpool Benefits Students

In domestic appliance technician training, you’ll learn:

  • how to install and service gas, propane, oil fired burners, furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, and domestic gas fired refrigerators
  • how to setup a fuel delivery system
  • about combustion efficiencies, size ventilation systems, and combustion air requirements
  • basic electricity and electrical systems
  • work place safety

To complete domestic appliance repair training, you’ll need to pass the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Gas Technician Certificate exam.

Material for the exam is included in the program, and you’ll take the test at the end of the course.

What are Your Career Options in the Appliance Repair Field?

Appliance repair technicians actually have several different career options open to them after training. Depending on your interests, you could find work with:

  • appliance sales companies (installing and servicing units)
  • appliance wholesalers
  • large apartment owners
  • independent appliance servicing companies
  • commercial restaurant industry

You could also start your own appliance repair business. This is what many Ontario appliance repair technicians choose to do.

A government survey done in 2017 shows that 32% of all appliance repair professionals in the province run their own business. That’s a huge number of entrepreneurs, compared to an average of just 10% for other occupations.

Related: Where Can You Work After Appliance Technician Training: 5 Different Paths

How to Get Started with Appliance Repair Training

If you’re seriously considering appliance repair training (either of the 2 programs) we strongly suggest choosing one of the following 3 options to learn more about your next steps:

  1. Hit the Request Information button on this screen. Get fast, free information about appliance repair training in Toronto or Cambridge. Learn about admission requirements, courses, careers, financial aid, and much more.
  1. Call the Pre-apprenticeship Training (PAT) Institute at 1-800-728-0137. Speak directly with an admissions advisor, get all your questions answered, and find out what to do next.
  1. Use the live chat feature on this page. Talk with an admissions advisor about upcoming program start dates, course schedules, tuition, and how to apply. We’re here to help!

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