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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

23100 Appliance Mechanic

Installs, services and repairs stoves, refrigerators, dishwashing machines, and other electrical household or commercial appliances, using hand tools, test equipment and following wiring diagrams and manufacturer's specifications. Connects appliance to power source and test meters, such as wattmeter, ammeter, or voltmeter. Observes readings on meters and graphic recorders. Examines appliance during operating cycle to detect excess vibration, overheating, fluid leaks and loose parts. Disassembles appliances and examines mechanical and electrical parts. Traces electrical circuits, following diagram and locates shorts and grounds, using ohmmeter. Calibrates timers, thermostats and adjusts contact points. Cleans and washes parts, using wire brush, buffer, and solvent to remove carbon, grease and dust. Replaces worn or defective parts, such as switches, pumps, bearings, transmissions, belts, gears, blowers and defective wiring. Repairs and adjusts appliance motors. Reassembles appliance, adjusts pulleys and lubricates moving parts, using hand tools and lubricating equipment.