Appliance Servicers and Repairers

(NOC 7332)

in All Trades and Transportation

Appliance servicers and repairers service and repair domestic and commercial appliances. They are employed by repair shops, appliance service companies and repair departments of retail and wholesale establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3400 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Appliance Servicers and Repairers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 70% of Appliance Servicers and Repairers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $44,685. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$36,342

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$20.35

Median

$34.00

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 domestic and commercial appliances. They are employed by repair shops, appliance service companies and repair departments of retail and wholesale establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Small electrical appliance servicers and repairers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Repair small electrical appliances, such as 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 conduct 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Repair major electrical or gas appliances, such as 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 such as meters and gauges to measure resistance, current, voltage, pressure, temperature, flue gases and flow rates.
  • Refer to schematic diagrams or product manuals and disassemble appliance using hand tools.
  • Use shop equipment and specialized diagnostic and programming apparatus 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

This work requires an understanding of the principles of electricity and a mechanical aptitude. You should be able to follow instructions and perform detailed work. Patience and the ability to be methodical are required when testing motors and equipment. Analytical skills are required to determine what is causing equipment to malfunction and decide on the necessary repairs. You should also have good motor coordination, 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 require some high school education and completion of a college program in appliance repair or completion of a three- or four-year apprenticeship program in appliance repair.
  • Appliance service technician, or appliance serviceperson, trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • A provincial gas fitter licence, or gas appliance technician certificate, may be required for gas appliance service technicians.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified appliance service technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Workers may be self-employed and provide services as needed to their clients. Therefore, earnings may vary throughout the year and depend upon the person's ability to attract and retain customers. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

130

employed in 2016

80.0%

employed full-time

34.6%

self employed

5.7%
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94.3%
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53.6

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

88.8%

employed full-time

12.7%

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

17.1%

Southern

14.3%

Annapolis Valley

11.4%

Northern

8.6%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

55.6%

Other Services

14.8%

Construction

7.4%

Retail Trade

7.4%

Public Administration

7.4%

Metal Fabrication and Machinery (excl. electrical)

What is the age of Employment?

27.3%

25-34

27.3%

55-64

18.2%

65+

18.2%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

34.1%

45-54

33.0%

35-44

18.7%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

Top levels of education

38.7%

College certificate or diploma

$37,508 median annual income
35.5%

Trades certificate

$46,580 median annual income
9.7%

High school

$30,205 median annual income
6.5%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.4%

Trades certificate

$40,890 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$28,089 median annual income
22.6%

College certificate or diploma

$39,023 median annual income
18.2%

Less than high school

$25,753 median annual income
2.7%

Bachelor's degree

$36,972 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Appliance installation and repair technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals 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

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Appliance Service Technician

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

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
(902) 424-0717

Contacts

Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717
Electro-Federation Canada - Atlantic
,
Tel: (902) 497-1084
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Canada
130 Albert Street, Suite 1200
Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4
Tel: (613) 236-8428

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