Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the career opportunities in this field?
Job opportunities are tremendous. Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics, installers and technicians are needed in every part of the country during every season. There is a real shortage of appliance technicians and employers are looking for well-trained workers both locally and nationally. There are 63,000 jobs nationwide and only one community college in California providing this program. If you’re looking for a secure job with good pay and benefits, that allows you to work independently, this is the field to go in to.
2. What are the starting salaries?
Starting wages have never been better -- $36,000 to $46,000 a year or more, plus benefits. Motivated techs with a few years experience can be making $60,000/yr. Management opportunities are also available for motivated, talented technicians. Many students eventually open their own businesses. In fact, according to some experts, appliance technicians are more likely than any other trained personnel to start their own companies.
3. Is there a need for women in the field?
Absolutely! Some of the best appliance technicians are women. In fact, women technicians are in high demand because many female customers prefer to have women techs visit their homes to repair appliances.
4. Do I have to take any math or English courses?
Sometimes. There are state requirements for graduation but most students are able to pass proficiency exams. If you do have trouble with the exams you can often get help from our tutorial center or take a class or two to freshen your skills.
5. Can I do this part time?
We offer both day and evening programs so you can take what fits your schedule. We also have a new accelerated program that will allow you to complete a certificate in only one year by attending both day and night classes.
6. How is the program kept current?
The curriculum is kept up to date through an industry advisory committee that keeps us abreast of the latest technology and industry needs. LMC is a "Whirlpool Regional Training Center", a "Maytag Authorized Factory Training Facility", and in spring 2015 also formed a industry partnership with LG Electronics. These partnerships not only help us to keep up with the latest technology in the appliance industry, but also allows our students to receive factory training alongside field service technicians right here on campus.
7. How will this program prepare me for a job?
We take students with and without technical background and give them the skills they need to go out and get a job in a growing field. In fact, many LMC graduates receive multiple job offers…before they even graduate!
8. What is the quality of the instruction?
At Los Medanos College, our experienced instructors will provide you with hands-on instruction that allows you to actually apply what you learn in class. Heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and appliances consist of numerous components including motors, compressors, pumps, fans, thermostats, switches and many have 1 or more solid state circuit boards. Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose and repair problems that occur throughout the system.
9. Do you have job placement?
We have multiple companies calling us looking for technicians every semester and we work with them to help graduates transition from school to work as smoothly as possible.
10. I just lost my job of 20 years, is this field for me?
Of course! This is a great field for older workers. If you’re motivated to learn, then we’re here to help prepare you for a job. Call us today!