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  • coffee machine technician

    Hi,
    Pretty random question but how does one become a coffee machine technician??

    Cheers
    :-?

  • #2
    Re: coffee machine technician

    Well one would need a strong interest/passion in coffee to start with.
    From a purely practical point of view, since most machines are connected to electricity, you will need some appropriate electrical training and qualifications, and you would need to be able to understand pressure equipment operation as part of all that.

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    • #3
      Re: coffee machine technician

      Take a look on Seek. Youll find theres a few jobs on offer at the moment. Even if you dont qualify for what theyre looking for, it will give you an idea of where to start.

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      • #4
        Re: coffee machine technician

        Welcome to CS.

        Telephone or visit personally any espresso machine repairers, importers and  / or coffee roasters with repair facilities, in the area you are looking at, and ask if they are looking for someone to train at the moment.

        Its as easy as that. I find the best way to apply for jobs, including the ones that arent even advertised or thought of, is to introduce yourself and ask. The worst they can say is "we arent hiring at the moment", and you may find yourself hired for a job that wasnt even available because the owner of the repair shop may see a mutually beneficial  opportunity.

        Expect to serve an unofficial apprenticeship, probably starting in the workshop only, then eventiually starting to go out on site on the easier jobs, building up to the full bottle.

        Time spent in apprenticeship would be commensurate with ability, and not everyone makes it through a 3 month trial. I have seen enough applicants that thought they were suitable but in the end, they werent.

        Espresso machine technicians need to be good at diagnostics and be flexible thinkers. Sometimes good "mechanics" are not good diagnosticians in which case, in my opinion they are not suitable for the job.

        Hope this helps/

        Regardz,
        Attilio
        very first CS site sponsor.

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        • #5
          Re: coffee machine technician

          Originally posted by 1B2F382E35021E323B3B38385D0 link=1295175102/3#3 date=1295232157
          Expect to serve an unofficial apprenticeship, probably starting in the workshop only, then eventiually starting to go out on site on the easier jobs, building up to the full bottle.

          Time spent in apprenticeship would be commensurate with ability, and not everyone makes it through a 3 month trial. I have seen enough applicants that thought they were suitable but in the end, they werent.

          Espresso machine technicians need to be good at diagnostics and be flexible thinkers. Sometimes good "mechanics" are not good diagnosticians in which case, in my opinion they are not suitable for the job.
          Ive been in the job for about 2 years now, and I basically learned everything on the job as theres really no other way to gain all the skills needed. Where I work the boss prefers to take on people with no previous experience with coffee equipment and train them up from scratch. The logic is that good technicians are in fairly short supply, so all the good ones already have a job, and its only the duds that might be looking for a new job.
          A background in a field that uses similar skills would help, but I got the job on the strength of my hobbies (tinkering with old cars and motorbikes) - my only similar previous work experience was grinding automotive camshafts!

          Diagnostic skills are VERY important, if youre not good at diagnosing faults youll go nuts in short order and start throwing spanners about, which wont make the customers happy!

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          • #6
            Re: coffee machine technician

            It would help greatly, I believe, if you took the time out to obtain a Restricted Electrical License that allows you to work on Electrical machinery such as Espresso Machines, unsupervised - Refrigeration Mechanics for example, obtain one of these. Otherwise, you would be working under the auspices of the business owners Electrical License where he/she would be required to inspect and test everything you worked on... Very time consuming and in competition with time better spent on running the business.

            Certainly would be a step in the right direction.... 8-)

            Mal. (Retired Electrical Engineer)

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