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Career and Education Opportunities for Household Appliance Repairers in Seattle, Washington

Household appliance repairers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Seattle, Washington area. There are currently 1,820 jobs for household appliance repairers in Washington and this is projected to grow by 10% to about 2,000 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for household appliance repairers, which sees this job pool growing by about 2.2% over the next eight years. 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 earn approximately $17 per hour or $37,350 per year on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $16 hourly or $33,910 annually. Earnings for household appliance repairers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Office and Home Equipment in Washington and not quite as good as general Office and Home Equipment category earnings nationally.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can study to be a household appliance repairer, among sixty-five schools of higher education total in the Seattle 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 Seattle include:

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  • Boat Mechanic. Repairs and adjusts electrical and mechanical equipment of gasoline or diesel powered inboard or inboard-outboard boat engines.
  • Camera Repair Technician. Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.
  • Heating Equipment Installer. Install, service, and repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments.
  • Medical Equipment Repairer. Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.
  • Motorcycle Mechanic. Diagnose, adjust, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, or similar motorized vehicles.
  • Musical Instrument Mechanic. Repair percussion, stringed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanic. Diagnose, adjust, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, and related equipment.
  • 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.
  • Vending Machine Mechanic. Install, service, or repair coin, vending, or amusement machines including video games, juke boxes, or slot machines.
  • Watch and Clock Repairer. Repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Household Appliance Repairer Training

Renton Technical College - Renton, WA

Renton Technical College, 3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA 98056-4195. Renton Technical College is a small college located in Renton, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,708 students. Renton Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Household Appliance Repairer. They are:

  • Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation & Repair, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician, two to four year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Bates Technical College - Tacoma, WA

Bates Technical College, 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. Bates Technical College is a medium sized college located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,807 students. Bates Technical College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation & Repair which graduated one and one students respectively 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: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.