School Offers Slot Machine Repair Course

Envisions bright future for graduates

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 25, 2008 8:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Florida vocational school is helping students hit the jackpot in the lucrative world of slot machine repair. The Sheridan Technical Center recently became the first school to offer a state-approved slot repair course, the Miami Herald reports. The inaugural class of 25 students is already underway. “We try to stay really relevant,” explained one school executive, “and this is such a new industry.”

One-armed bandits are cleaning up in Florida; Miami-Dade and Broward counties alone are home to five casinos and several other slot spots. “These are not minimum wage jobs,” said a Seminole spokesman. Graduates could make up to $18 an hour repairing the gambling machines. Students in the slot-fixing craft must be over 21 and have a clean criminal record.

Casino worker James Askins cleans slot machines at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., in this July 7, 2006 file photo.
Casino worker James Askins cleans slot machines at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., in this July 7, 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mary Godleski, file)
Slot machine repair could make a good living for students in Hollywood, Fla.
Slot machine repair could make a good living for students in Hollywood, Fla.   (Shutterstock)
Lucky sevens come up in this undated file photo.
Lucky sevens come up in this undated file photo.   (Shutterstock)
A row of slot machines is seen in this undated file photo.
A row of slot machines is seen in this undated file photo.   (Shutterstock)
A technician repairs the slot machine inside the casino during the opening ceremony of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel  in Macau Tuesday, August 28, 2007.
A technician repairs the slot machine inside the casino during the opening ceremony of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau Tuesday, August 28, 2007.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
After opening ceremonies for the new Las Vegas style slot machines, people begin to play them at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood  Fla. Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.
After opening ceremonies for the new Las Vegas style slot machines, people begin to play them at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood Fla. Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)
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