Small Equipment Repair

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

Learn to repair equipment

  • Home Appliances
  • Trade Tools
  • Small machines, engines and motors

Develop a foundation for understanding of problems and causes of problems related to commonly used small equipment, and how to repair them.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

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


  • 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.

What Sort of Equipment?

When tools and equipment break; work stops until they are either repaired or replaced. If you understand common issues that cause equipment to break, you are better prepared to fix the issue faster, that can save valuable time and money. This course  relates to many different types of equipment including:

  • Electric motors and petrol engines
  • Home Appliances
  • Trade tools

Start (or improve) your own business – p/t or more – repairing things

  • Become more self-sufficient, save money and repair your appliances, instead of buying new ones.
  • Upskill for working in a factory or workshop
  • Repair and maintain appliances- save money and reduce waste.
  • Start an appliance repair business- for domestic or commercial appliances.
  • Repair and maintain equipment for commercial products for a business. 

In recent decades we have become a wasteful society. Often people throw away equipment rather than attempt to repair it. Whilst some of this may be salvaged for parts or materials, it often ends up in landfill. 

As we deplete many natural resources, and pollute the environment through excessive manufacturing, there is greater urgency to make the most of equipment and appliances that are already in existence.   


Why study this Course?

  • Broaden and deepen your understanding of how to repair damaged small machines and other equipment
  • Start a repair business or seek work elsewhere
  • Avoid work interruptions by being better prepared to understand and fix equipment when it breaks. 
  • Save money by getting more use out of equipment before it is discarded
  • Be more environmentally responsible

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