Topic: Career Talk

Is Appliance Repair a Good Trade for You?

Posted on May 7, 2015 by - Career Talk

Engineer Giving Woman Advice On Kitchen RepairIt’s getting toward the end of another school year, and maybe you’re about to graduate from high school or community college without a clear idea of where you want to go from there. Or maybe you’ve just finished a tour with the military and are seeking a new career once you return to civilian life. If either of those descriptions fits you, you might want to consider a career as an appliance repair technician.

Do you think you’d be a good candidate for a career in appliance repair? Leaving aside for a moment the technical and educational requirements, here are a few personal qualities appliance repair employers look for when hiring technicians, whether in a small repair shop or for a larger multi-tech operation:

 

Aptitude: If you were the kind of kid who loved taking things apart and putting them back together again, chances are you’d enjoy figuring out what ails a cranky fridge or oven — and restoring it to tiptop condition.

Mazes and Puzzles: Wiring diagrams are mazes that lead to a single correct solution. If you loved navigating the maize maze at pumpkin harvest time, and if you’re a champ at spotting where a puzzle piece fits, a career in appliance service might be right up your alley.

Manual and Physical Dexterity: Appliance repair often involves manipulating small tools and parts and fitting your body into small spaces, like behind a refrigerator, and working in a cramped position. Unfazed? Step right up!

Problem-solving: Appliance repair can be like a mystery story. If a customer reports a strange noise or leak in their refrigerator, can you ask the right questions to narrow down the problem and diagnose the cause? Solving these types of issues is all in a day’s work for a repair tech.

Organizational skills: An organized mind and an organized toolbox go hand in hand. The better your organization, the more likely you are to succeed as an appliance repair technician.

Persistence: You keep working at a challenge until you find a solution, and when one approach fails, you try another and another until you succeed.

Pride: You take pride in a job well done, knowing it reflects positively on your employer as well as on yourself.

Honesty: Your ethics are above reproach. You own up to your mistakes and correct errors without complaint.

Personality: You are courteous, respectful, and cheerful to every customer, dealing tactfully with their concerns and complaints. Superior customer service is in your DNA.

These are just a few of the intangible qualifications potential employers will be seeking in their technicians. They’re not taught in classrooms or in online appliance repair programs, but they are big pluses to your future employer and may well tip the scale in your favor in a hiring decision.

Do you resonate with the description above? If so, check out what you can learn in our Fundamentals of Appliance Repair training course!

 

5 Tips for Success in Your Online Appliance Repair Training Program

Posted on February 19, 2015 by - Academy Talk, Career Talk

Online Learning on Highway Signpost.Online training courses have become a huge benefit to adult learners. From individual how-to training for a specific task (like Microsoft’s online software tutorials) to massive open online courses (MOOCS) offered by universities to students worldwide, online education brings a vast array of opportunities within reach of learners in every field imaginable — all you need is access to a computer, some time, and the determination to succeed in your chosen topic.

Like every other endeavor in life, success in your online training program depends as much on what you put into it as in the coursework itself. Even the best-designed, most comprehensive online program is only as good as the effort and commitment each student applies to making the most of the experience.

If you are considering or possibly already made the commitment to pursue online schooling, here are a few tips to help guide you through the process. Even if you are considering a career outside of appliance repair training, these tips for online courses are applicable in any industry.

1. FIRST THINGS FIRST — A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step, and the same is true of learning appliance repair. (Don’t worry, though: it won’t take a thousand miles.) Like anything else, appliance repair has a number of fundamentals that must be mastered before you go on to more challenging tasks. First, you must thoroughly understand the principles of electricity, electronics, gas, and so on. You need to be able to read schematics and extrapolate those diagrams into the inner workings of a refrigerator or stove or dishwasher before you ever open an instrument panel. And if you already have some experience working with appliances, don’t pooh-pooh the basic courses — chances are there’s a wealth of useful information your seat-of-the-pants experience never gave you. Besides, you don’t know what you don’t know, right?

2. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK — You’ve often heard it said that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. If you’ve tried and tried to master a concept on your own but just can’t seem to make it click, ask your instructor or advisor. That’s what they’re there for, and a few back-and-forth emails or perhaps a Skype conference can lead to that Aha! moment that will help you rise to the next level of achievement in your training. (And cordial relationships with your instructors can be advantageous when they are asked to recommend students for any job openings.)

3. DEVELOP DISCIPLINE AND PERSISTENCE — Whether you’re employed or you’re currently out of work, it’s crucial to set aside dedicated times to pursue your online studies. Perhaps you can get up earlier or stay up later to complete your coursework — or less ideally, study at various free times during a day — but it’s important to make your education a priority. Try to find quiet times and places, free of noise and interruptions, where you can really focus on absorbing the complex information you’ll need on the job. And no matter how hard it may seem at times to keep on track with your commitment, don’t give up. Keep your goal in mind and don’t let setbacks keep you from moving forward. You CAN do it!

4. KNOW YOUR LEARNING STYLE — Some of us are visual learners who need to see and interact with how things work, while others grasp concepts more readily through listening to lectures or reading. Your training provider may offer a variety of tools such as videos, manuals, syllabuses, or hands-on practicums geared to learners of every type. Choose your preferred method, but don’t overlook other modes — the more types of input you take advantage of, the more concrete your knowledge base will become.

5. DON’T RUSH — Did you read No. 1 above? Good. Yes, we all want to get out there, roll up our sleeves, and delve into the inner workings of every appliance we have learned about. Your instructor will let you know when you’re ready for hands-on work. When that eagerly awaited time arrives, it’s a good idea to try to find an apprentice or assistant position with an experienced repair technician who can help you develop in a real-world setting the manual skills you need to apply your theoretical knowledge. If you are already working in the field, your employer will be impressed with your new expertise and determination to get ahead and will assign more challenging responsibilities.

Master Samurai Tech allows students to gain a comprehensive foundation of knowledge that students may not receive through basic hands-on training. We teach each student how to think critically through any situation for a deeper understanding of the issue at hand. This prepares our students for anything this industry might throw at them, not just particular topics covered in training.

If a student approaches their online learning with this in mind, whether it is appliance repair training or computer programming, they will be successful in the “classroom” as well as any future career opportunities it leads to.

Good luck!

How Much Does Appliance Tech Training Cost?

Posted on January 28, 2015 by - Business Talk, Career Talk

Costs and Benefits of Appliance Tech TrainingMany of you may be asking yourselves: how much does training cost? Well the truth is good training doesn’t cost anything because it pays for itself. Whatever money you spend on the training that you need to become a good tech you’ll quickly earn back when you're out in the field kicking appliance butt.

In fact, the better question to ask is: how much does it cost you not to get training? Profitablity and customer satisfaction rely on a high first call complete (FCC) rate. A high FCC rate comes primarily from successful pre-diagnostic work and sharp troubleshooting skills, which happen to be two key areas of instruction in the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair training course.

 

If you are either a novice or a working tech without a thorough background in electricity, schematics, and modern motor/circuit board configurations, then it is imperative for your bottom line that you divert some of your budget away from advertising and towards training. There’s no sense getting a bunch of calls if you can’t fix most of them on the first trip.

If you've been working as an appliance tech for awhile and still have a low FCC (below 80%), then you should definitely invest in some training.

After you’ve completed your training in appliance repair, then you can kick up the spending on advertising with confidence. You can also tout your new certification!

Make the right choice, get the training you need to succeed. Or, as we say at the Samurai Tech Academy, "Learn More. Earn More!"

If you’d like to get more of a look and feel for how the courses work and receive a discount coupon, please try out our FREE Sample Course!

 

Master Samurai Tech Academy Certification: A Standard of Excellence

Posted on January 23, 2015 by - Academy Talk, Career Talk

certified2Being a “Certified Appliance Repair Technician” sounds impressive and can open doors with employers and customers. There is no universally recognized certification for Appliance Repair techs, and there are several different organizations offering them.

We have found that most customers don't question where your certification comes from. In fact, we've never been asked. Employers are generally the only people interested in what kind of certification a tech has.

When an employer looks into where your certification came from, will it pass scrutiny? How should you evaluate the merit of a particular certification that you are considering obtaining?

The first step is to take a close look at the entity that is issuing the certification. The quality of the certification can only be as good as the organization behind it.

The second step is to evaluate what type of certification it is. Did a tech just pass a one-time test, or does his certification attest that he follow a prescribed course of study, passing numerous tests along the way to show mastery of the material?

The Master Samurai Tech Academy is operated by an acknowledged national expert on appliance repair technology, Scott M. Brown, known online as the Samurai Appliance Repair Man. His popular websites, forums, and YouTube channel have been on the forefront of online appliance repair training and support for over 15 years. Scott has a proven track record of bringing a higher standard of excellence to the appliance repair industry. You can see his work at:

  • his YouTube channel,
  • Appliantology, and
  • the Master Samurai Tech blog.
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    Scott’s bio is here.

    Most appliance repair business owners will be familiar with Scott’s work. If they aren’t, a few minutes of looking at the above links will assure them of his expertise and ability to communicate with techs.

    You know you want one!

    You know you want one!

    Certification from the Master Samurai Tech Academy means that the student completed every lesson in a particular course, averaging at least 80% on the quizzes, and then passed the midterm and final exams (where applicable) with at least a 90% score. The final exam is a rigorous test with a number of “open answer” questions that are graded by the MSTA staff. If a student does not pass the first time, he is told which areas he needs to review, and then must take the entire exam again. He does not receive the certification until he has passed!

    In fact, MST certification is much more like an educational degree and not just simply a certification obtained by passing an exam.

    The courses at the Master Samurai Tech Academy are rigorous and relevant to today’s modern, computer-controlled appliances. If you are an employer and want to evaluate the MST certification of a job applicant, please see individual course pages for an overview of the topics the applicant would have studied.

    Please contact us if you have any further questions about the Samurai Tech Academy Certification!

    If you’d like to get more of a look and feel for how the courses work and receive a discount coupon, please try out our FREE Sample Course!

    DIYers: Save time and money by learning the secrets of appliance repair

    Posted on January 14, 2015 by - Academy Talk, Career Talk, Tech Talk

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    Let’s face it: appliance repairs are expensive due to the real costs of running a full-time, professional appliance repair business. That's why so many folks are trying to save time and money by learning how to fix their own appliances. And how 'bout the supreme satisfaction that comes from kicking major appliance boot-ay? BOOYAH!

    Appliantology.org is a powerful repair resource for DIYers. You've got professional appliance techs giving you personal help. But all too often, that help comes to a screeching halt when you gotta have basic electrical troubleshooting skills to finish the job, such as reading schematic diagrams and understanding the technology that you’re working on.

    DIYers are a diverse group but, in my decades working with them online, I see that most DIYers share two characteristics: they have above average to great mechanical skills, but are weak on electrical skills.

    With today’s increasingly computerized appliances, unless you have a minimum baseline of electrical troubleshooting skills, you’re just going to be flailing about blindly in a sea of technical symbols and words for all but the simplest repairs. Any electrical explanations or instructions offered to you will just sound like Chinese. You can see the problem here.

    What’s a bruthah from anothah muthah to do?

    Samurai to the rescue! The electrical and troubleshooting skills you need are very learnable and affordable at the Samurai Tech Academy.

    The Fundamentals of Appliance Repair course would be an awesome boost to your ability to repair all kinds of things around the house. Basic electricity, electronics, gas, electric motor systems, and troubleshooting with schematics are all timeless skills with broad application that will give you valuable insight into the inner workings of numerous electro-mechanical systems in your home.

    You can acquire these skills inexpensively and conveniently in our up-to-date, comprehensive, online Fundamentals of Appliance Repair training course. The course tuition will pay for itself after just one or two DIY repairs!

    It's an investment in the most valuable asset you have: YOU!

    Other methods of technical training available today are DVD packages, in-person training, and correspondence courses. See how online learning compares with these other training methods.

    Dance with me now:

    • Modern appliances are complicated electro-mechanical machines that are increasingly using single-board computers to control them.
    • Tech help at Appliantology.org can only take you so far if you don’t understand the underlying technology you’re dealing with and you can't use schematics to troubleshoot and make basic electrical measurements.
    • The Fundamentals of Appliance Repair course teaches you all of the basics you need to ascend to a higher level of DIY ability.
    • The skills you learn in the course are timeless and have broad application.
    • You could even earn extra beer money on the side while you keep your regular job.
    • Better yet, do appliance repair full-time and earn up to $120K/year as a skilled appliance tech!
    • Complete the Free Sample Course to get a foretaste of the empowering wisdom that awaits you along with a discount coupon!