In today’s day and age, it’s never a bad idea to have a variety of skills. These skills can translate from one profession to another. For example, you can work on cars and repair appliances because much of the knowledge for both can be applied to the other.
Electrical, Heating, and Cooling Work
All of these are a very important parts of both automotive repair and appliance repair. When you already work with cars, you are generally familiar with how to diagnose electrical problems. Especially since cars are becoming more sophisticated, you don’t just have to evaluate the battery, alternator, and starter, but also have to consider things like steering, brakes, sensors, and more.
Of course, appliances also run on electricity. It won’t be in the same form since vehicles are battery operated and appliances get plugged into an outlet. But generally speaking, you already understand the idea of the circuit.
Additionally, when you work with cars, you have a familiarity with heating and cooling and understand parts like condensers and evaporators. This knowledge will lend itself nicely to appliance repair, and more specifically refrigerators.
Finally, you are already familiar with how to test whether or not you are dealing with live wires. This is very important work, and also saves you time when you are growing your skill set to include appliance repair.
Critical Thinking Skills
Using critical thinking is absolutely crucial in order to solve problems in any profession. Working with cars often requires a lot of detective work in order to figure out what exactly is causing a problem. The same holds true with appliance repair.
For example, if your dryer drum is no longer spinning, it might not be a simple repair of a new belt, but rather be a problem with the motor or the capacitor. For vehicles, the check engine light may come on and there could be a dozen reasons why, and you have to determine the cause of the light. Whether you are working on cars or appliances, sometimes the most obvious symptom of the problem isn’t actually the cause. Other times, it is. In both situations, you absolutely need to think on your toes.
Another way you can continue your critical thinking skills is to always keep your training up to date. Be sure to know the latest trends and updates in technology, which will help you ensure that you are able to fix any appliance or car.
Working Under Pressure
When you work with cars, getting pressure from the client is a regular occurrence. That’s because many people only have one car, and need it to be repaired as soon as possible if it is out of commission. The same is true for appliance repair. For example, you might work with a mother whose refrigerator stopped cooling, with two small children. Naturally, you feel the pressure to get it fixed fast.
Therefore, you understand how important the work is that you are doing, which has probably conditioned you to focus and get the job done as quickly as possible. That, in turn, tends to come with a development of communication skills, especially if you need to order parts. So you must have the ability to deal with clients in a friendly manner, telling them it might take more time because you need to order parts and letting them know you are doing the best you can in order to keep them happy and calm.
When you work with cars you already have a lot of skills and knowledge. It never hurts to continue to grow your skillset and branch out into other areas. Appliance repair is a natural transition, but if you want to be as educated as possible, then contact us to get more information on our education possibilities.