School Offers Slot Machine Repair Course

Envisions bright future for graduates
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 8:08 PM CDT
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)
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(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. (Read more adult education stories.)