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Home Appliance Repairers

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Repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens.

    Work Activities
    • Bill customers for repair work, and collect payment.
    • Observe and examine appliances during operation to detect specific malfunctions such as loose parts or leaking fluid.
    • Talk to customers or refer to work orders to establish the nature of appliance malfunctions.
    • Refer to schematic drawings, product manuals, and troubleshooting guides to diagnose and repair problems.
    • Trace electrical circuits, following diagrams, and conduct tests with circuit testers and other equipment to locate shorts and grounds.
    • Replace worn and defective parts such as switches, bearings, transmissions, belts, gears, circuit boards, or defective wiring.
    • Conserve, recover, and recycle refrigerants used in cooling systems.
    • Provide repair cost estimates, and recommend whether appliance repair or replacement is a better choice.
    • Disassemble appliances so that problems can be diagnosed and repairs can be made.
    • Service and repair domestic electrical or gas appliances, such as clothes washers, refrigerators, stoves, and dryers.
    • Respond to emergency calls for problems such as gas leaks.
    • Reassemble units after repairs are made, making adjustments and cleaning and lubricating parts as needed.
    • Record maintenance and repair work performed on appliances.
    • Test and examine gas pipelines and equipment to locate leaks and faulty connections, and to determine the pressure and flow of gas.
    • Light and adjust pilot lights on gas stoves, and examine valves and burners for gas leakage and specified flame.
    • Instruct customers regarding operation and care of appliances, and provide information such as emergency service numbers.
    • Maintain stocks of parts used in on-site installation, maintenance, and repair of appliances.
    • Contact supervisors or offices to receive repair assignments.
    • Level refrigerators, adjust doors, and connect water lines to water pipes for ice makers and water dispensers, using hand tools.
    • Observe and test operation of appliances following installation, and make any initial installation adjustments that are necessary.
    • Install gas pipes and water lines to connect appliances to existing gas lines or plumbing.
    • Set appliance thermostats, and check to ensure that they are functioning properly.
    • Install appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and stoves.
    • Level washing machines and connect hoses to water pipes, using hand tools.
    • Take measurements to determine if appliances will fit in installation locations, performing minor carpentry work when necessary to ensure proper installation.
    • Clean and reinstall parts.
    • Clean, lubricate, and touch up minor defects on newly installed or repaired appliances.
    • Measure, cut, and thread pipe, and connect it to feeder lines and equipment or appliances, using rules and hand tools.
    • Assemble new or reconditioned appliances.
    • Disassemble and reinstall existing kitchen cabinets, or assemble and install prefabricated kitchen cabinets and trim in conjunction with appliance installation.
    • Hang steel supports from beams or joists to hold hoses, vents, and gas pipes in place.
    Skills
    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $42,230/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $20.30/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Independence
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