Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technician

Program Objective

The Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technician Program is dedicated to providing knowledge and skills that will produce the highest quality training for the current and future needs of the Major Appliance and Refrigeration Industry. In addition, the Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technician Program has a very unique training program. Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College is a factory authorized Whirlpool Corporation Southeast Regional Training Center and trains students on refrigeration, laundry, cooking, cleanup, specialty, basic electricity, and customer service skills. Training includes hands-on, tear-down, and diagnostic techniques. Students are afforded up-to- date factory training as well as training on new technologies not yet on the market.

Program Content

Students in this program will learn operational and electrical theory, troubleshooting techniques, repair and maintenance of refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, ice makers, washers, dryers (gas and electric), dishwashers, compactor, ranges (gas and electric), and microwave ovens. Content also includes customer relations, record keeping, basic supervisory skills, use and care of hand tools, power tools, specialized tools and equipment, and use of current industry standards, practices and techniques. The Course/Program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • Meet with a counselor
  • Create update profile information on Focus
  • No specific requirement for Information Technology

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 1200 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OCPs:

OCP A Appliance Installation Helper                 200 hours

OCP B Laundry Technician                                      300 hours

OCP C Cooking Appliance Technician              350 hours

OCP D Cooling Appliance Technician               350 hours

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE test, or passing of an Industry Certification.

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities

  • Parts counter representative
  • Electric and gas major appliance technician
  • Laundry equipment technician
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning equipment technician
  • Service Manager
  • District Service Manager
  • Representative Supervisor
  • Factory Service Marker Manager

Employment Requirements

Most employers give preference to applicants who have completed formal training at a Technical College. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain the Professional Service Association certification.

Salary

According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Home Appliance Repairer was $40,850 annually or $19.64 per hour.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Material fee – Varies by program
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.

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