Kitchen Major Appliance Repair Technology

Kitchen appliances are an indispensable part of every household. Fixing and maintaining these machines requires knowledge of the science behind them, as well as solid, hands-on experience. Students in this program get both the theory and the practical training to repair and troubleshoot all major kitchen appliances. Students first learn the electrical and mechanical principles of appliances. They then practice diagnostic and repair techniques on the kinds of machines they will encounter in the field. Students are introduced to all aspects of the industry including parts procurement, work order/parts development, and industrial communications. Renton Technical College is approved by the state of Washington as an electrical specialty training school.

Enrollment Point: Fall

Certificate of Completion: 
4 quarters
76 credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
5 quarters
96 credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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Projected Growth: 
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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Paul Baeder, John Campbell

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Must take the Accuplacer test.
  • Physical strength and physical ability to perform job functions as described below:
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your  arm and hand in one position.
    • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
    • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your tow hands to grasp. manipulate, or assemble objects.
    • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust in controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
    • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
    • Multi-limb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
    • Truck Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' ore fatiguing.
    • Lifting - The ability to lift 50 lbs.

Admission Recommendations

  • Mechanical aptitude which is defined as follows:
    • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
    • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
    • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information  to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Counselor and instructor interview
  • Valid Washington State driver's license
  • Insurable (good driving record) to employer requirements
  • Criminal background check should be clear for the time specified by employer’s application
  • Ability to pass entry and periodic drug testing as required by employers

Training School Credit

  • Fifty percent of the minimum work experience needed to qualify for specialty electrician certification is allowed for any training school program.
  • Completion of any of our fice Major Appliance programs can lead to 1,000 trainee hours toward the 2,000 hours required for the 07D (Appliance Repair) Specialty Electrician Certificate.
  • In order to receive this credit, new students must obtain a Trainee License from the Dept. of Labor & Industries by the first day of class.
  • New students who receive their certificate after the first day of class receive a prorated amount of the 1,000 hours required for certification.
  • Although optional, it is highly recommended all new students have a trainee license because of the probability they will be employed under this requirement. 
  • If not done, the student will not receive any prior training hour credit from our school. This can lengthen the time as a trainee in the industry.

Registering online costs less. The cost for the two year license is under $40. Register now


Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
COL 101 College Success 2
JSTI 101 Core Construction Skills 5
JSTI 109 Safety, Tool and Equipment Certification 4
JSTI 111 Structural Trades 2
JSTI 117 Electrical and Mechanical Trades 2
JSTI 168 Trades Math I 3
JSTI 175 Communication for Trades 2
JSTI 180 Human Relations for Trades 2
MART 111 Industrial Direct Current (D-C) 4
MART 112 Industrial Alternating Current (A-C) 4
MART 120 Industrial Solid State Electronics - Basics 3
MART 123 Diagnostic Techniques & Test Equipment 5
MART 125 Electric Motors 6
MART 143A Dishwashers I 6
MART 143B Dishwashers II 11
MART 222A Cooking Equipment I 4
MART 222B Cooking Equipment II 10
  Total 76


General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
AMATH 175 Applied Mathematics for Business and Industry or 5
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business   
COMP 100 Applied Composition or 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
CMST& 101 Intro to Communications 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes for Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology programs:

  • Practice industry safety standards for the installation and operation of all major appliance products
  • Select and properly use appropriate instruments, tools, and equipment
  • Utilize technology to access service and parts information
  • Demonstrate leadership, motivation, and problem solving skills in diverse and complex work situations
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with customers, co-workers and supervisors
  • Diagnose and repair malfunctions on major appliance, home, residential and commercial refrigeration products


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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