Job DescriptionHVAC Tech
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What Does an HVAC Tech Do?
HVAC (Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers) are responsible to repair, install, and maintain heating, cooling, and ventilation systems used in buildings to control air temperature and quality.
The work can be both residential or commercial. As an HVAC tech you’ll be working in everything from schools and factories, to homes, to corporate office buildings and more. You may be responsible to work during some irregular hours if a system goes down and is in need of repair, or if you don’t have access to a building during regular work hours.
- Troubleshooting and repairing HVAC systems.
- Testing systems to ensure proper air quality and temperature.
- Installation of HVAC systems.
- Maintenance of HVAC systems.
- Selling maintenance packages (if residential).
Depending on your State, you may need to become licensed.
- Ablity to troubleshoot HVAC systems.
- Thorough understanding of heating, cooling, and refrigeration.
- Ability to use tools associated with the trade.
- Math skills.
- Blueprint reading.
Generally, this position requires a high school diploma, and entering through an apprenticeship to learn the trade.
How Much Does an HVAC Tech Make?
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How do I become an HVAC Tech?
To become an HVAC tech, you should first have a high school degree or GED. To gain a headstart in HVAC education you can complete physics, math and vocational training. The next step would be to complete an HVAC training program, either through a college degree or training program. Coursework will cover studies of HVAC systems, controls, and tools such as diagnostic equipment.
Employers prefer applicants who have completed an apprenticeship program or at least on the job training. THere are also certain states that require a state licenseto perform this line of work.
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