Pellissippi State launches non-credit commercial food service repair course

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Pellissippi State Community College has joined forces with Ignitor Labs to offer a unique, fast-track technician training program for commercial food service equipment repair. The online course is presented through the college’s Business and Community Services Division.

“This is a specialized industry for which there is no official training,” said Heather Price of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association, which developed the Basic Technician Training program in conjunction with Ignitor Labs. “There is a need for qualified technicians nationwide.”

No prerequisites are required to enroll in Basic Technician Training. The non-credit course teaches the fundamentals of electricity, gas and steam as they relate to commercial food equipment repair. The 24-hour, interactive online class costs $1,495. Most students complete the program in a month.

Ignitor Labs promises course graduates a job interview with a regional employer. There are approximately 800 companies nationwide that specialize in commercial food service equipment repair.

Students who complete the Basic Technician Training course are ready for entry-level positions in the commercial food equipment repair industry. Graduates also have the opportunity for hands-on training once in the industry.

“Through this online program, Pellissippi State can begin to bridge the gap between job training and job placement in this field,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of Economic and Workforce Development at Pellissippi State. “This is a first step toward meeting the needs of the commercial food repair industry in our area.”

Ignitor Labs offers scholarships to qualified veterans through Vet2Tech. Veterans can apply for the scholarship at

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