Domestic Appliance Mechanician

Domestic appliance mechanicians test appliances and locate faults with the aid of various diagnostic techniques, testing equipment and specialized tools. Readings from these instruments are interpreted and evaluated to diagnose the problem.

Appliances can vary from kettles to microwave ovens and can include toasters, vacuum cleaners, freezers and stoves.

After repairing appliances, mechanicians test them to see if they are in proper working order. They listen for excessive vibrations and make sure that appliances do not overheat, for example. In the case of automatic machines with programmes, they let the machine run through a programme to make sure it is in good working order.

They must adhere to basic safety measures in order to ensure that it works safely and that a high standard of service is obtained from the appliance. Domestic appliance mechanicians sometimes manufacture their own components or attachments, using sketches and diagrams of electrical circuits and mechanical components.


  • engineering factories

  • repairing companies

  • large manufacturing concerns

  • self-employment, with enough experience and capital, can start own business

Getting Started

  • consult the Registrar of Manpower Training with regard to training programmes in your area

  • try to obtain vacation work at a service company or manufacturing concern

  • work at repairing domestic appliances as a hobby or part-time job


Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Lovedale Public TVET College, Motheo TVET College, Tshwane North TVET College, Vuselela TVET College

Related Occupations