Appliance Servicers and Repairers

(NOC 7332)

in All Trades and Transportation

Appliance servicers and repairers service and repair household and commercial appliances. They work for repair shops, appliance service companies, and repair departments of retail and wholesale businesses, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 4040 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 8425 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

Size of the occupation in Nova Scotia: small with infrequent job opportunities.
Demand: Several positions will become available due to retirements.
Work hours: full-time, usually.

Hourly Pay

$17.00

Minimum

$21.25

Median

$50.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$36,342

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$24.00

Median

$37.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Appliance servicers and repairers service and repair household and commercial appliances. They work for repair shops, appliance service companies, and repair departments of retail and wholesale businesses, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Small electrical appliance servicers and repairers:

  • Repair small electrical appliances like lawn and garden equipment and power tools.
  • Consult customer or refer to work order to establish nature of the appliance malfunction.
  • Observe operation of appliance and complete voltage, resistance and other tests using electrical test equipment.
  • Refer to schematic drawings or product manuals and replace or repair parts or components using hand tools and soldering equipment.
  • Prepare estimates and written accounts of work performed.

Major appliance repairers/technicians:

  • Repair major electrical or gas appliances like domestic and commercial dishwashing equipment, stoves, laundry equipment and refrigerators in customer's home, in customer's place of business or in repair shop.
  • Consult customer or refer to work order to establish nature of the appliance malfunction.
  • Diagnose faults by checking controls, condensers, timer sequences, fans and other components using test equipment like meters and gauges to measure resistance, current, voltage, pressure, temperature, flue gases and flow rates.
  • Refer to schematic diagrams or product manuals and take apart appliance using hand tools.
  • Use shop equipment and specialized diagnostic and programming machinery to repair, adjust and reprogram appliances.
  • Replace components and subcomponents and reassemble appliance using hand tools and soldering and brazing equipment.
  • Prepare estimates and written accounts of work performed.
  • May plan service routes.

Sample job titles

  • appliance service technician
  • dishwasher repairer
  • electrical appliance repairer
  • electrical appliance technician
  • gas appliance servicer
  • refrigerator servicer
  • stove repairer
  • vacuum cleaner repairer
  • washing machine servicer

Skills

  • Communication
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Good eyesight and colour vision
  • Attention to detail
  • A neat appearance
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Physical strength and stamina

Job requirements

  • Small appliance repairers usually require some specialized college or high school courses or several months of on-the-job training.
  • Major appliance repairers/technicians need some high school education and completion of a college program in appliance repair.
  • Trade Qualifier option, 8,100 hours, and other criteria.
  • Certification for appliance service technicians is voluntary in Nova Scotia.
  • Write and score a minimum of 70% on the Red Seal exam for appliance service technicians.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) allows for interprovincial mobility.
  • A provincial gas fitter licence may be required for gas appliance service technicians.

Other considerations

  • Technicians may be supplied with service vehicles. The work environment may vary considerably because most of the work is in customers’ homes.
  • Appliance service technicians typically work a 40-hour week, but overtime is a possibility for emergency work or at busy times of the year. Some work evenings and weekends. Hours can vary considerably for those who are self-employed.
  • Physical considerations of the work include bending, kneeling, and moving large appliances.
  • Risks include physical injury due to electrical shocks, cuts, burns, and muscle strain.
  • Appliance service technicians may specialize in certain types or brands of appliances.
  • Appliance service technicians may consult and coordinate with other tradespeople like refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, electricians, gas fitters, and plumbers.
  • With experience, appliance service technicians may move into technical training, sales, or supervisory positions. They may also work in their own appliance service business.

By the numbers

Quick look

175

employed in 2016

79.4%

employed full-time

29.4%

self employed

5.9%
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94.1%
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53.6

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

48.6%

Halifax

$51,247 median annual income
17.1%

Southern

N/A
14.3%

Annapolis Valley

N/A
11.4%

North Shore

N/A
8.6%

Cape Breton

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

60.0%

Other services (except public administration)

16.0%

Construction

8.0%

Retail trade

8.0%

Public administration

8.0%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

45-54

26.0%

55-64

17.0%

65+

14.0%

35-44

6.0%

25-34

6.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

42.9%

Trade Certification

$36,328 median annual income
37.1%

College Diploma

$44,782 median annual income
8.6%

High school

N/A
8.6%

Less than high school

N/A
5.7%

Master

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Appliance Installation and Repair Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, and service major gas, electric, and consumer appliances such as stoves, microwaves, refrigerators, dryers, water heaters, washers, dishwashers, and commercial units such as ice makers and coffee makers.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

Halifax, NS

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Appliance Service Technician

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally work in this trade.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Halifax, NS

Contacts

Electro-Federation Canada - Atlantic
Toronto, ON
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Canada
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.