According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the 2011 outlook for home appliance repairers, also known as appliance repair technicians, projects a steady source of excellent job opportunities. Appliance repair techs install and service home appliances such as refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, stoves, ranges and ice makers. In addition to basic mechanical understanding of drives, belts, fans, motors, switches and gears, techs now require training in electronic diagnostics. Online courses in appliance repair offer a great opportunity to train yourself and start your own business in this field.

Uncle Harry's Appliance Repair Shop

Uncle Harry's Appliance Repair Shop offers online appliance repair courses complete with manuals, instructions and videos. Uncle Harry's training includes automatic clothes washers and dryers, refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, ranges, ovens and cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves, garbage disposals and on-demand hot water taps. Uncle Harry's courses also include details on starting a home appliance repair business. Pricing varies depending on the inclusion of tools, CD-ROMS and hard copies of manuals. Payment plans are available.

Uncle Harry's Appliance Repair Shop

Raker Appliance Repair Professionals, Inc.

13831 Redcoat L.

Phoenix, MD 21131

410-592-7749

rakerappliancerepair.com

Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster Career School offers an online, self-paced appliance repair course culminating in a repair technician certification. Penn Foster's curriculum includes using electrical tools and testers, repairing heating appliances and fans, ranges, water heaters, washing machines, and working with dishwashers, trash compactors, garbage disposals, clothes dryers and other small, motor-driven appliances. Penn Foster's courses prepare students to work in repair shops or start their own businesses. Tuition includes books, lessons, equipment, learning aids and online support.

Penn Foster Career School

Student Services Center

P.O. Box 1900

Scranton, PA 18501

570-961-4033 or 800-275-4410

pennfoster.com

Acme How To.com

Acme How To.com is an online resource that offers extensive online training and step-by-step troubleshooting and repair instructions for home appliances. Acme How To's free training includes detailed guides on how to clean and repair dishwashers, dryers, ice makers, freezers, ovens, ranges, microwaves, garbage disposals, refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers and trash compactors. Acme How To does not offer any certification, but is a great online resource for someone to train themselves in appliance repair at their own pace and without enrolling in a formal course.

Acme How To.com

Acme Parts.com, Inc.

211 Colorado Ave.

Palo Alto, CA 94301

650-325-6450

acmehowto.com