El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has eight appliance repair schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Western Technology Center, the highest ranked school in this group with an appliance repair program, has a total student population of 586. It is the 1332nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Appliance Repair students from El Paso schools who go on to become appliance technicians, appliance repairers, machine repairmen, refrigeration mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 34,670 people working as home appliance repairers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $35,590. Also, Firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers make on average $60,630 per year and there are about 427,560 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the El Paso area alone, there are 820 employed firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers earning an average salary of $49,930. Home appliance repairers in this area earn $20,480/yr and there are 70 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.257 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by home appliance repairers, and 3.044/1000 are held by firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
Of the 8 appliance repair schools with a 500-mile radius of El Paso, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($13,800/yr) for appliance repair students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.