Slot Machine Technician School

Slot Machine Technician School

Much of the income from the vibrant world of the casino industry is generated by the ever-popular slot machine. This makes the individual in charge of their maintenance, the slot machine technician, also known as a slot key person, an indispensable player in the game. Slot machine technicians analyze and trouble-shoot malfunctioning slots by inspecting their gears, cables, connectors, and, most importantly, their computers to keep the one-armed bandits spinning happily along.

Beyond possessing a high school diploma or GED, there are no formal education requirements for slot machine technicians. Each casino sets its own standards for slot machine technicians and many offer on the job training, but with the increasing digital sophistication of 21st century gaming machines comes the necessity of the slot machine technician school. Nevada and New Jersey, the states with the largest casino industries, are home to several community colleges that offer 6-week entry level certificates in slot machine maintenance and/or two-year associates degree programs in electronics. with courses in:
  • basic electricity and electronics
  • power supplies
  • CRT and LCD monitor repair
  • digital circuitry
  • ticket printer repair
  • money validation
Gambling in Nevada and New Jersey has been legal for many decades but it was not until the late 1980's and early 1990's that other jurisdictions began to introduce commercial casino gambling. Currently 14 states now offer some form of legalized gambling and employment is expected to grow faster than average. The OES in May 2010 lists the hourly mean wage of a slot machine technician at $13.73 with an annual mean income of $28,560. Employment for slot machine technicians is expected to grow by 3% each year which is considered to be slower than average.


Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.  In fields as diverse as Business, Medical, Technical, Trades, Cosmetology, Dental, Legal, Personal Fitness, and Veterinary, as well as many continuing education opportunities, the school has provided the latest training to give students the skills they need.


  • Electrical Mechanic
Locations:  Quincy