I am asked at least several times a month if I know of any appliance technicians looking for a job because the company I am talking to is looking for one.
Good techs are hard to find. And it's getting harder. Much like your disappearing shade tree mechanic, today's technology requires a good understanding of electronics, too. With all the computer boards in both appliances and automobiles, today's technician had to be a computer whiz.
If you decide you want to be an appliance technician - how do you get training? There are several ways. If you can find a company that is a train-as-you-go (apprentice program), you can get in on the ground floor and usually work in-shop with an experienced tech in diagnosing and repairing appliances that are brought into the shop for repair. Then doing ride-alongs with the field techs before going on your own.
Check your local colleges: Community and technical are best for this. They may have a course available for you to learn the business.
Fred's Academy: Located in Madison, OH, Fred's (see video) work's with the appliance manufacturers and offers a 3 week hands on course in appliance repair. They have rooms available to stay in during the course. You will get hands on training from a working appliance repair business and, at the end of the course, take nationally recognized tests to be a certified technician. They also deal with customer service and running your own business. Check them out on Facebook, too!
In my 14 years of working with WL May, I've been proud to help new businesses and established ones grow their business - kinda like watching your children grow, I've been so involved in a lot of them. It is one of the best parts of my job.
So, if you are a bit technically inclined and looking for a career change or to start a new one, check into becoming an appliance tech - there are lots of jobs available out there!
Have a great week!