HVAC Technician Job

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HVAC Technician Job

If you're looking for a blue-collar career that is not only rewarding but also very much in demand, then you should consider becoming an HVAC technician.

HVAC In a Nutshell

HVAC (also known as HVACR) technicians are responsible for installing and maintaining heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration systems. From the fridge where you store your food to the AC system in your office building, HVAC technicians are essential to our comfortable way of life.

Why HVAC Technicians Are Needed

HVAC technicians install controls and electrical wiring for heating and cooling systems. They test components to make sure they're working effectively and determine if these systems are working as efficiently as possible. They may also be required to travel to worksites to perform their work as well as design HVACR systems or analyze blueprints.

How HVAC Technicians Get the Job Done

How to these technicians get the job done?  With the help of these common tools:

Battery-Powered Drill:  This is essential for taking apart as well as assembling heating and cooling equipment and components.

Electrical Tester:  HVAC techs often work with live power so having a tester like this on hand is important.

Sawzall:  This battery-operated saw can cut into any type of material that you may encounter on the job.

Tongs: These are used to bend small pieces of metal.

Refrigeration gauges and hoses:HVAC techs need these to read and contain different types of refrigerants. 

Types of HVAC Technicians: 

Installer:  These HVAC technicians are responsible for installing heating and cooling systems. They also repair and replace HVAC equipment and components.

Service Technician: They focus on maintaining and repairing existing heating, cooling and refrigeration systems and equipment. They also do inspecttions as well. 

While on the Job

To be a successful HVAC technician, you must have the mechanical skills to perform the installation and maintenance work on various heating, cooling and refrigeration systems. That includes assembling and disassembling the components that make up these systems to do any necessary tests and repairs. HVAC technicians must have troubleshooting skills to diagnose system problems and the physical strength to move heavy parts. Being detail oriented enough to maintain records of all the work performed as well as having the time-management skills to juggle maintenance calls are also skills HVAC technicians use while on the job.

What it Takes

To become an HVAC technician, you'll first enroll in a HVAC program at a community college or technical school that can take between 6 months and 2 years to complete. Once you finish the program, you can get certified in HVAC by taking exams that are offered by many organizations. While it's not a requirement, it's definitely a plus when it comes to getting a great job.

HVAC Technicians Toolbox

Required Education

Technical School

Preferred Skills / Experience


Tools on the Job

Battery-powered drill, sawzall, electrical tester, tongs, refrigeration gauges and hoses

Career Outlook

The employment of HVAC techs is projected to grow 21 percent by 2022


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers,

on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm

Hubpages, Tools for Getting Started in Your HVAC Career at http://hubpages.com/business/Choosing-an-HVAC-Career-Tools-for-Getting-Started-In-Heating-and-Cooling

Explore the Trades, Tools of the HVAC trade at http://www.explorethetrades.org/blog/tools-of-the-hvac-trade/

About Careers, HVAC Technician at http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/HVAC_technician.htm