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Article: Repairing and Servicing

Summary

This article covers the following jobs:

  • Domestic Appliance Service Engineer
  • Gas Service Technician
  • Locksmith
  • Office Machine Service Engineer
  • Television Service Engineer
  • Watch and Clock Repairer.

The job descriptions are only a brief summary. It is recommended that you do further research on jobs that interest you.

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Skills required

All these jobs require good practical skills. You must be able to use a variety of tools efficiently and safely.

You'll need an interest in solving problems, and the ability to understand technical diagrams and manuals.

Many of these jobs involve travelling round the local area, so it's usually an advantage to have a driving licence. You may also be working on your own for much of the time, so you need to be reliable and able to use your initiative.

Some of the careers in this area

Television Service Engineer

Television service engineers repair televisions, radios, DVD players and hi-fi equipment. Some television service engineers are field engineers; they visit customers' homes or business premises to carry out repairs. Others do repairs in a workshop.

There are no minimum entry requirements, although many employers prefer applicants to have GCSEs in English, Maths and a science, technology or engineering subject (or equivalent).

Domestic Appliance Service Engineer

Domestic appliance service engineers service and repair household electrical items such as washing machines, cookers and dishwashers.

Some domestic appliance service engineers visit customers' homes to carry out repairs. Companies may also employ engineers in workshops to mend items that customers have brought in.

Domestic appliance service engineers need to understand both the electrical/electronic parts of equipment (for example, the wiring) and the mechanical parts (like the motor).

They must first find out what the fault is and then carry out repairs using special tools. Sometimes, they remove and replace parts.

There is no formal academic entry requirement, although many employers prefer applicants to have GCSEs in English, Maths and a science, technology or engineering subject (or equivalent).

Engineers who work on gas appliances must be registered with the Gas Safe Register.

Office Machine Service Engineer

Office machine service engineers install, service and repair office equipment, including photocopiers, fax machines, computers and printers.

When equipment goes wrong, engineers go out to the customer's office. They may only have to make a simple adjustment, or they may have to take the equipment apart, repair or replace it, and test the equipment to make sure it's working again.

If the engineer is unable to repair the equipment on-site, they may have to take it back to a workshop for further testing and repair.

There is no formal academic entry requirement, although many employers prefer applicants to have GCSEs including English, Maths and a science, technology or engineering subject (or equivalent).

Locksmith

Locksmiths supply, fit and repair locks for homes, businesses and cars. They make keys to fit locks, using a wide range of tools to install locks for windows and doors. Locksmiths also fit sophisticated security systems, such as closed-circuit television.

Some provide a 24-hour emergency service, helping customers who are locked out or whose locks have been damaged in attempted break-ins. Locksmiths sell and install security products, advising customers on security issues.

There is no formal minimum entry requirement for this career. Generally, employers look for a good standard of education, such as four GCSEs including English and Maths.

You can follow training courses, for example, run by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA).

Gas Service Technician

Gas service technicians fit gas appliances and piping in customers' homes and business premises. Appliances include gas fires, cookers, meters, domestic central heating boilers and radiators, and industrial boilers.

Gas service technicians also go out to customers' premises to service, maintain and repair gas appliances.

They have to be very safety conscious because gas leaks can be highly dangerous.

There is no formal academic entry requirement, although many employers prefer applicants to have GCSEs in English, Maths and a science, technology or engineering subject (or equivalent).

Every gas service technician must be assessed for competence under the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS). They must then register with the Gas Safe Register.

Watch and Clock Repairer

Watch and clock repairers service, repair and restore clocks and watches. Their work involves inspecting, dismantling, cleaning and replacing worn or damaged parts and making new high precision parts to restore the clock or watch to full working order.

Watch repairers are able to repair all types of watches but may decide to specialise in mechanical or electrical work. Clock repairers may also specialise, for example, in the repair of public clocks. Other areas of specialisation include restoration of antique clocks and watches.

There is no formal academic entry qualification although, generally, GCSEs in English Language, Maths, and a science, technology or engineering subject are useful for this career. Of the sciences, Physics is particularly useful. Some course providers ask for higher qualifications.

Further Information

Energy & Utility Skills

Skills for the gas, power, waste management and water industries

Address: Friars Gate, 1011 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 4BN

Tel: 0845 0779922

Email: enquiries@euskills.co.uk

Website: www.euskills.co.uk/careers

British Horological Institute (BHI)

Address: Upton Hall, Upton, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5TE

Tel: 01636 813795

Email: info@bhi.co.uk

Website: www.bhi.co.uk

Domestic Appliance Service Association (DASA)

Address: 2nd Floor, 145-157 St John Street, London EC1V 4PY

Tel: 0870 2240343

Email: office@dasa.org.uk

Website: www.dasa.org.uk

Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)

Address: 5d Great Central Way, Woodford Halse, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 3PZ

Tel: 01327 262255

Email: enquiries@locksmiths.co.uk

Website: www.locksmiths.co.uk

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