Appliance servicers and repairers maintain, service and repair home and commercial appliances and help prevent unwanted breakdowns. Some employees work specifically on small appliances, such as microwaves, vacuum cleaners and power tools. Others specialize in major appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers.
People in this occupation:
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 470
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Small appliance servicers and repairers:
Major appliance repairers and technicians:
Workers in this occupational group usually work a regular 35- to 40-hour week; however, overtime work may be required during emergencies or busy periods. Some evening and weekend work may also be necessary. Hours can vary considerably for those who are self-employed.
Electric appliance servicers and repairers may work either in shops, where smaller appliances (e.g., vacuum cleaners and microwaves) are brought in for servicing, or in customers' homes, repairing large items (e.g., refrigerators and washing machines). These workers generally work alone, with little supervision. Technicians who repair large appliances usually drive a truck with an inventory of parts and tools to site locations.
The physical demands of the work may vary depending on the task at hand. Installing and servicing large appliances requires moving appliances (which may weigh more than 20 kg) and a considerable amount of standing, stooping, kneeling and reaching.
There is some risk of electrical shocks, cuts, burns or muscle strain with this type of work; however, precautions are undertaken to reduce these risks.
Source: 2016 Census
Small appliance repairers usually require some specialized high school or college courses or several months of on-the-job training.
Major appliance service/repair technicians usually require some secondary school education and completion of a college program or apprenticeship in appliance repair.
The Industry Training Authority offers a four-year apprenticeship program for appliance service technicians. Trade certification is not compulsory for these workers in B.C., but it can increase employment opportunities. For more information, please see the Industry Training Authority website at www.itabc.ca.
Electrical appliance servicers and repairers are currently eligible for Interprovincial Standard Endorsement (Red Seal) qualification through the Industry Training Authority. Once individuals pass the final examination of their accredited training program, they will achieve certification and will automatically receive a Red Seal endorsement. This endorsement allows holders to work in any province or territory.
Workers with 10,800 hours of documented, directly related work experience can challenge the Interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Appliance service technicians who are certified for that occupation by a regulator elsewhere in Canada can apply for the same certification from the regulator in B.C. Under the terms of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), most applicants who are transferring their credentials from elsewhere in Canada will not be required to complete additional training or testing. However, the B.C. regulator may ask applicants to provide further information such as a letter of good standing, references, or criminal record check.
For those who trained outside of Canada and never received certification from any Canadian jurisdiction, a full assessment is likely needed. Most occupational regulators have a process for assessment and recognize internationally trained applicants.
Contact the Industry Training Authority of BC for details on how to apply for certification in B.C.
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For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.
Visit our trades training page at www.workbc.ca/trades to learn about apprenticeship and trades training in B.C.
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The majority of new opportunities that arise over the next few years will be a result of the need to replace those who retire and from new openings.
Consumer demand for electrical appliances has increased in recent years, which results in demand for follow-up maintenance and repair services. The increasingly complex technology built into modern appliances is making repairs by homeowners less common.
Electric appliance servicers and repairers who stay up to date on technological changes will be in greatest demand.
Experienced appliance service technicians may become factory service representatives who supervise manufacturers' authorized repair depots in a particular region.
Technicians employed in larger organizations may become specialists or advance to supervisory positions.
With experience and business knowledge, workers in this occupational group may start their own independent appliance service company or appliance sales and service outlet.