WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College
Appliance RepairCertificate of Applied Science
Program Director: Joseph Remias
Academic Advisor(s): WH-Remias; WT-Remias/Soly; NM-Remias/Slie
This is a technical education program designed to prepare students to do routine maintenance and repair of gas and electrical appliances such as ranges, refrigerators, washers, dryers and dishwashers. Classroom lectures, demonstrations and discussions will be supplemented by laboratory work and field trips to businesses employing major appliance repair technicians. Students completing the program should be able to find employment in either small or major appliance servicing companies such as small appliance businesses, large service centers, malls, high rise apartment complexes as well as self-employed.
Employment avenues include, but are not limited to, appliance installers, repair technicians, sales representatives, microwave specialists, appliance repair and maintenance troubleshooters and maintenance workers.
Home appliance repairers held nearly 51,000 jobs in 1998. More than 15 percent of repairers are self-employed. About one-half of the salaried repairers worked in retail establishments such as department stores, household appliance stores and fuel dealers. Others worked for gas and electric utility companies, electrical repair shops, and wholesalers.
Almost every community in the country employs appliance repairers; a high concentration of jobs are found in more populated areas. Employment is relatively steady because the demand for appliance repair services continues and jobs are expected to be increasingly concentrated in larger companies. Earnings of appliance repairers vary according to the skill level required to fix equipment, geographic location, and the type of equipment repaired.
Total Hours in Program – 31
* Additional 1 credit hour of general education core is required.