Small Appliance, Machine and Equipment Repair

Learn how to repair small appliances, equipment and machines with this online course. Save money and reduce waste, this course is ideal for household or commercial repairs.

Course CodeVSS203
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Learn to Repair Broken Equipment

  • Electric Motors Petrol Engines and the machines they run
  • Home Appliances
  • Trade Tools and more

Why Study this?

  • Work in a workshop - start a business or get a job
  • Improve your knowledge and skills for a job you already have
  • Avoid work interruptions by being better prepared to fix problems on the run
  • Save time and money by doing it yourself
  • Be environmentally responsible through more recycling.
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Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. 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
    • Clean up & Tool Storage
    • Measuring devices/tools
    • Electrical Safety
    • Types of adhesives/ tapes that can be used
    • Using Power Tools
    • Legals Considerations
  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

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Discuss the scope and nature of small equipment repair work.
    • Determine appropriate safety protocols to follow when servicing or repairing small machines.
    • Describe the nature and use of tools used for repair and maintenance of small equipment.
    • Describe a variety of different techniques for attaching/ holding/installing/replacing components in equipment.
    • Determine how these techniques may be used in the maintenance and repair of different equipment.
    • Describe the routine maintenance and repair of several types of household equipment.
    • Explain how to install appropriate common replacement parts into a variety of different items of equipment.
    • Describe the routine maintenance and repair of several pieces of equipment powered by engines or motors.
    • Describe the routine maintenance and repair of several types of trades equipment.
    • To explain the importance of responsible recycling.

What You Will Do

  • Take apart a screw secured plug removing all the wires then reassemble it.
    • Examine the internal components of an appliance you have access to and identify the parts.
    • Identify a workplace that uses of tools and research safety procedures.
    • Identify the safety considerations for 2 household tasks and consider how you might mitigate any risks.
    • Visit an electrical component supplier that may help your source parts to fix appliances. Estimate costs of repairs for an item.
    • Inspect a car and use the vehicle manual to identify the replaceable parts of the electrical system.
    • Design a toolkit for electrical maintenance on the car.
    • Research variable resistors or potentiometer, nonpolarized capacitor, air core inductor, DIY electric motor, types of diodes (PN junction diode, Zener diode, LED, photodiode, LASER diode, Gunn diode).
    • Research how to perform maintenance on some household appliances. Conduct maintenance on some of your appliances if required.
    • Select a faulty appliance at home you may have and using the reference manual, dismantle it to a level you are confident with.
    • Build your own basic motor and record a video of it working.
    • Identify an appliance in your home that contains a motor and using the manual perform the recommended maintenance for the motor.
    • Select one power tool and learn its common faults and how to resolve them.
    • Research parts of electric drill motor and parts of electric sander motor.
    • Create a management plan for the electronics in your home.
    • Investigate the recycling options, schemes, or facilities in your area to identify the locations in which you could most appropriately dispose of e-waste.

Save Money, Time and the Environment

Learn to repair appliances, small equipment and machines.

Right to Repair legislation changes ( in some countries) along with the recycling movement, are giving more incentive to repair equipment, machines and appliances, rather than purchasing a new product and sending the broken item to landfill.

Not only will you save money, but you will extend the life of the item.

What makes this course a great choice?

  • Learn to study and apply what you are learning with practical ‘hand-on’ tasks.
  • Be supported by knowledgeable tutors, who can answer your questions when you need help and will also provide you with valuable feedback on your assignments along the way.
  • Become more self-sufficient, save money and repair your appliances, instead of buying new ones.
  • Repair and maintain appliances- save money and reduce waste

An opportunity to upskill - for anyone working in construction, engineering or manufacturing; for handymen, tradespersons, farmers, inventors and others.


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