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Small Appliances Machine and Equipment Repair

Small Appliances – Machine and Equipment and Repair – 100 Hours Certificate course

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Learn how small appliances, equipment and machines work and the components that usually break and how you can repair these items yourself. This course covers the parts, tools and safety considerations for fixing small appliances yourself.

This course is relevant to a wide range of equipment used by people in any situation: home, work, or play. It covers equipment powered by motors or engines, both portable and fixed.

The course is relevant to not only machines, but also appliances that might not be categorised as machines, such as heaters, air conditioners and refrigerators.

Many equipment problems can occur on lots of different types of equipment. Components can wear out. Materials which equipment is made from can deteriorate (e.g., Rust, corrode, loose strength) Moving parts can lose integrity as they rub against each other. Joined parts can become loosened (e.g., Screws or bolts loosening glues weakening). Sealings can begin to leak.

Routine maintenance of equipment can to some extent mitigate deterioration

If you want to become more self-sufficient, start your own appliance repair business or learn to expand your professional knowledge, this course offers a wonderful opportunity to learn an invaluable new skill.

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Small Appliances – Machine and Equipment and Repair  Certificate Course

There are 8 Lessons:

1. Scope and Nature of Small Equipment Repair

  • Introduction
  • Terminology
  • Scope and Nature of small equipment repair
  • Basic electrical principles
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Components inside equipment and appliances
  • Electrical Components
  • Electromechanical components
  • Materials

2.   Equipment, Tools and Safety

  • Who is responsible?
  • Tidiness
  • Crowded Sites
  • Other Hazards
  • Deliveries
  • Clean up & Tool Storage
  • Measuring devices/tools
  • Electrical
  • Safety
  • Types of adhesives/ tapes that can be used
  • Using power tools
  • Legal Consideration

3.  Practices and Techniques Used in Repair

  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Soldering
  • Wire-stripping
  • Screws/Bolts/Rivets/Welds

4.  Parts for Small Appliances or Equipment

  • Parts of small appliances
  • Cord set
  • Switches
  • Relays
  • Fuses
  • Controls
  • Light Fittings
  • Small components
  • Damaged Parts

5.   Household Appliances

  • Home appliance repair
  • Dimmer switches
  • Smoke alarms
  • Fans/ blower
  • Space heaters
  • Air-conditioner
  • Blenders & food processors
  • Toasters
  • Sewing machines
  • Hair dryers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Steam irons

6.   Motor and Engine Repair

  • Motors
  • Parts of a motor
  • Types of electric motors and applications
  • Common issues of motors
  • Winding failures
  • Contamination
  • Bearing
  • Electrical and mechanical issues
  • Common indicators of motor problems
  • Engines
  • Common issues of engines
  • Pistons – cracked or holed
  • Connecting rods – bent or broken
  • Big end connecting rod bearings – noisy and/or worn
  • Main bearings – worn and/or seized
  • Camshaft lobes – worn
  • Crankshafts – cracked or broken
  • Cylinder head gasket – blown
  • Routine maintenance for motors/ engines

7.  Trades Equipment Repair

  • Drills
  • Electric Sanders
  • Electric Saws
  • Grinders
  • Leaf Blowers
  • Lawn Mowers
  • Nail Guns
  • Staple Guns

8. Responsible Recycling

  • Why recycle?
  • Management of Work
  • Parts that can be recycled
  • Responsible disposal and recycling

Please Note:   Each lesson culminates in an assignment, marked by your tutor and returned with any relevant suggestions, comments, and extra reading, where applicable.


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