The Master Samurai Tech Academy courses are relevant for every appliance repair tech out there, from the complete rookie to the old-timer.
That's a bold claim! But one we make with the confidence that comes from teaching hundreds of techs with all kinds of different backgrounds, and seeing exciting, transformative results.
Troubleshooting the Master Samurai Tech Way
When Scott ("Samurai Appliance Repair Man") first started doing appliance repair 20 years ago, he had no formal training in the trade, except a set of videos showing disassembly and common part replacements. But he applied the same electrical troubleshooting techniques he had used as an avionics tech in the US Navy, with great success! He assumed that's what most techs did.
As he started interacting with other appliance techs online at our online support community, he quickly realized that most working appliance servicers did not have the same skills and knowledge that he relied on, and thus a mission was born: to teach basic electricity, electronics, schematic analysis, and troubleshooting so that any tech with the drive to learn can be more successful and profitable.
After all, if a 17-year-old high school drop out could learn this stuff, practically anyone can if they have the will and the opportunity. Here's your opportunity - you just need to bring your determination to kick butt!
What Troubleshooting Looks Like
Here's Scott on an actual service call on a dryer, demonstrating his troubleshooting and electrical testing strategies, including the powerful, nearly life-saving "EEPs" technique. Understanding, recognizing, and knowing how to use EEPs can help you avoid needlessly tearing down an appliance just so you can check a component.
Being able to formulate and execute troubleshooting like this requires a solid grasp of essential electrical concepts, so naturally our popular course Fundamentals of Appliance Repair spends a lot of time teaching these. It is this focus that makes it not just a "beginners" course, but one for any tech who has never had systematic training in electricity.
So, now we'll show you a few excerpts from the Basic Electricity module of Fundamentals.
Wonder what online training is like?
It's a lot like being in a brick-and-mortar school - there are lectures, readings, and tests.
It is interactive: there are Student Forums where you can get individualized help from the Samurai when you need it.
But, you get the added bonus of being able to work at your own pace to master the material.
Note that these are not full lessons - the actual lessons are MUCH longer than shown here.
Sample 1: What is Electricity?
In this presentation, I explain the nature of electricity in more detail using actual (electron) current flow:
Sample 2: Introduction to Ohm's Law for Master Samurai Techs
This presentation is from the lesson on Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Power. Ohm's Law along with some simple math is key to keeping electrical concepts straight.
Sample 3: Parallel Circuits
Understanding how voltage and current behave in parallel circuits is critical, yet a stumbling block for a lot of students. Here's one of our videos from the "Series and Parallel Circuits" unit where the Samurai explains an important way of understanding these circuits.
Accountability with Quizzes and Exams
At the end of every unit is a quiz that must be passed before moving onto the next unit. Some courses also have other exams such as at the end of a module, a midterm, or a final exam. Quizzes are an incredibly important component of helping to keep students accountable for their learning and evaluating how well they've mastered the material. They also give you the opportunity to apply what you've been learning and really help it to sink in.
We also use the quizzes as an opportunity for more instruction, through the use of explanations that are revealed after you've taken the quiz.
Here's what a quiz looks like. Most of the quizzes are graded automatically so you get immediate feedback on how you did.
This is not a "live" quiz so the questions aren't clickable like they are in the actual courses! 🙂
So there you have it - a VERY SMALL SAMPLE of what you will learn at the Master Samurai Tech Academy.
Each course is chock full of text, diagrams, photos, presentations, videos and audio recordings all designed to keep things interesting while presenting the information clearly.
They are designed by folks still working in the trade who know how to dominate these modern, computer-controlled appliances, and update the course material regularly.
Click here to see how much is included in the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair course. You'll see what we mean by this being a very small sample! Besides basic electricity we have modules on electronics, troubleshooting, parts, basic gas, and the incredibly enlightening Appliance Motors module.
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