HVAC technicians, also called HVACR technicians, install, maintain and fix refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning systems. They can choose to specialize in any of these areas—as well as choose to focus on installing versus maintenance and so on.
Average Day HVAC Technician Job Description
The work requires a lot of standing and body contortions in unusual positions, so a technician must be in good shape.
Education and Licensure
Educational programs usually don’t result in degree awards. They involve instruction in measuring electrical circuit voltage and measuring temperatures of refrigerants, relative humidity, and air conditioning systems. Students learn how to prep equipment for foundation bases, how to cut metal with portable metal saws and how to clean various equipment and parts such as humidifiers, coils, and fans.
Some states and areas require licensure or certification, which means passing a test. High school classes in computer applications, shop math, and chemistry are good preparation, especially for these aspiring technicians who lack HVAC post-secondary education.
Earnings and Job Outlook
Supervisory positions and employment in marketing are available for these technicians who wish to advance. Some become building superintendents.