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Career and Education Opportunities for Household Appliance Repairers in Birmingham, Alabama

If you want to be a household appliance repairer, the Birmingham, Alabama area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 440 working household appliance repairers in Alabama; this should grow 6% to about 470 working household appliance repairers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for household appliance repairers are expected to grow by about 2.2%. In general, household appliance repairers repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, and ovens.

A person working as a household appliance repairer can expect to earn about $13 hourly or $28,710 per year on average in Alabama and about $16 per hour or $33,910 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for household appliance repairers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Office and Home Equipment in Alabama, and not quite as good as the overall Office and Home Equipment category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Birmingham where you can study to be a household appliance repairer, among fifteen schools of higher education total in the Birmingham area. The most common level of education for household appliance repairers is an Associate's, or other 2-year degree. It will take about two years to learn to be a household appliance repairer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Household Appliance Repairer

Household Appliance Repairer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, household appliance repairers repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, and ovens.

Household appliance repairers furnish repair cost estimates, and recommend whether appliance repair or replacement is a better choice. They also remove worn and faulty parts such as switches or faulty wiring. Equally important, household appliance repairers have to disassemble appliances so that problems can be diagnosed and fixes can be made. They are often called upon to observe and examine appliances during operation to uncover specific malfunctions such as loose parts or leaking fluid. They are expected to trace electrical circuits and conduct tests with circuit testers and other equipment to find shorts and grounds. Finally, household appliance repairers clean and touch up minor defects on newly installed or repaired appliances.

Every day, household appliance repairers are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they note differences between sounds as they change tone and volume.

It is important for household appliance repairers to service and repair domestic electrical and/or gas appliances such as clothes washers and dryers. They are often called upon to assemble new or reconditioned appliances. They also observe and test operation of appliances following installation, and make any initial installation adjustments that are needed. They are sometimes expected to maintain stocks of parts used in on-site installation and maintenance of appliances. Somewhat less frequently, household appliance repairers are also expected to contact supervisors or offices to receive repair assignments.

They also have to be able to conserve and recycle refrigerants used in cooling systems and record maintenance and repair work performed on appliances. And finally, they sometimes have to respond to emergency calls for problems such as gas leaks.

Like many other jobs, household appliance repairers must be reliable and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Birmingham include:

  • Auto Glass Installer. Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.
  • Heating Equipment Installer. Install, service, and repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments.
  • Refrigeration Mechanic. Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
  • Security Systems Installer. Install, program, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Household Appliance Repairer Training

Jefferson State Community College - Birmingham, AL

Jefferson State Community College, 2601 Carson Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215-3098. Jefferson State Community College is a medium sized college located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 8,718 students. Jefferson State Community College has an associate's degree program in Home Furnishings and Equipment Installers which graduated eight students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Customer Service Specialist: An individual who successfully passes ETA's World Class CSS Certification exam is professionally recognized as having the ability to uphold the interpersonal and business standards necessary in today's workplace.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Certified National Appliance Service Technician - Cooking: NASTeC is a national certification program for technicians who service major home appliances.

For more information, see the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians website.

Certified National Appliance Service Technician - Laundry and Dishwashing: NASTeC is a national certification program for technicians who service major home appliances.

For more information, see the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians website.

Certified National Appliance Service Technician - Universal Technician: NASTeC is a national certification program for technicians who service major home appliances.

For more information, see the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians website.

Journeyman Air Conditioning & Refrigeration: Originally a P.

For more information, see the National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation website.

Certified Kitchen & Bathroom Installer: Certified Kitchen & Bathroom Installers (CKBIs) are skilled individuals who specialize in kitchen and bathroom installation, safety awareness, customer relations and business management.

For more information, see the National Kitchen & Bath Association website.

Gas Heating (Air) Service: Tests a candidate's knowledge of the installation, service, maintenance, and repair of HVAC systems.

For more information, see the North American Technician Excellence, Inc. website.

Hydronics Gas Installation: Tests a candidate's knowledge of the installation, service, maintenance, and repair of hot water heating systems.

For more information, see the North American Technician Excellence, Inc. website.

Hydronics Oil Service: Tests a candidate's knowledge of the installation, service, maintenance, and repair of hot water heating systems.

For more information, see the North American Technician Excellence, Inc. website.

Certificate Member Specialist: Certificate Member Specialist is a classification of RSES membership.

For more information, see the RSES - Refrigeration Service Engineers Society website.

HVACR Electrical Specialist: Fundamental Concepts of Electricity.

For more information, see the RSES - Refrigeration Service Engineers Society website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama photo by Eric_in_SF

Birmingham is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. It has a population of over 228,798, which has shrunk by 5.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Birmingham, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Birmingham cost $187,300 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirty-two new homes were built in Birmingham, down from two hundred thirty-two the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Birmingham are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 18.5% of Birmingham residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Birmingham is 12.5%, which is greater than Alabama's average of 10.7%.

The percentage of Birmingham residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 60.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Williams Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Westminister Presbyterian Church and West End Methodist Church are all churches located in Birmingham. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Birmingham is home to the Mineral Park Municipal Golf Course and the Cooper Green Golf Course as well as Avondale Mills Park and Smithfield Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Acipco Shopping Center, Altadena Square Shopping Center and Parkway East Huffman Shopping Center. Visitors to Birmingham can choose from Marriott Hotel Birmingham, Rime Garden Extended Stay Suites and Studioplus for temporary stays in the area.