HVAC Technician Jobs

HVAC Technician Job Description

Generally speaking, an HVAC technician (also sometimes referred to as an HVACR service technician) is responsible for providing service to customers who own heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems. In 2008, there were over 300,000 HVAC techs employed in the United States, so you can imagine how many openings there are available!

Some of the specific tasks that an HVAC service technician may be responsible for include:

  • Replacing or repairing defective components, wiring, or equipment
  • Following all policies, standards, and procedures in order to maintain a safe, clean work space
  • Explaining product options to customers
  • Testing and inspecting equipment to confirm system compliance with specifications and plans as well as in order to detect any present malfunctions or issues
  • Troubleshooting equipment issues when necessary
  • Selling maintenance contracts to clients and customers
  • Testing electronic components and circuits using electrical test equipment
  • Testing and reassembling systems after a repair
  • Periodically checking up on customers’ systems as well as performing preventative maintenance
  • Upgrading out-of-season equipment when necessary

HVAC service technicians may choose to specialize in a particular type of equipment such as hydroponics or commercial refrigeration. Additionally, techs can decide to specialize in either maintenance or installation.

HVAC Service Tech Training Requirements

Most companies seeking an HVAC service technician require their candidates to have completed formal training such as classroom instruction and/or an apprenticeship. Technical or trade schools as well as community colleges offer HVAC service technician programs; also, the United States Armed Forces offers training for HVAC techs. Most technical, formal HVAC training programs can last anywhere from six to twenty-four months.

Apprenticeships typically last between three to five years. Most apprenticeships are offered at community colleges or local unions. Apprentices are able to get on-the-job training to supplement their formal classroom education.

If you want to have an edge over your job competition when you’re searching for employment, it’s a good idea to have formal training as well as an apprenticeship under your belt.

Some states require HVAC service techs to be licensed, which requires successfully passing an examination. In some states, an HVAC technician must also complete an apprenticeship or have a specific number of years of experience in order to become licensed.

HVAC Service Tech Salary Info

The average HVAC service technician in 2009 earned an hourly wage of $19.76 and an annual salary of just over $41,000, which is highly competitive, particularly for an entry level position. Obviously, the HVAC tech who has more experience and/or training will be able to get a better salary than the technician who has less training and/or experience.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for HVAC technicians are expected to grow by 28% between 2008 and 2018.

If you enjoy working with your hands and are interested in searching for employment in a career that will keep you busy—and make you money—consider training to become an HVAC technician.

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