Working in HVAC Technician Jobs

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The term HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Understandably, the job of an HVAC technician deals with the installation, maintenance and repairing of heating, ventilation and air conditioning devices. The HVAC technician can be an independent service provider or he can work for a firm. There are a variety of businesses and concerns in this field like HVAC manufacturers, privately owned contractors for climate control solutions, and even institutional buildings like shopping malls, apartment buildings or complexes and schools. In order to become a HVAC technician, you must be specialized in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning or refrigeration technologies.

In a HVAC Technician's job, there are lots of responsibilities in each of the fields of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Some of the common responsibilities are listed here:
  • Working with the blue prints for the installation of the electrical components during the construction periods
  • Suggesting alternative ideas to the constructors when there is a conflict with the HVAC systems and building design
  • Detecting faults and repairing or replacing malfunctioning components, equipment or wiring
  • Examining the pre-existing electrical circuits in the building and components for continuity using electrical test equipment
  • Fulfilling the requirements of customers or organizations by sticking to all appropriate standards, legal policies and measures and safety factors
  • Performing HVAC duct work including flexible tubing in the buildings & offices and sheet metal construction
  • Inspecting the entire system and locating the areas of malfunction, with the help of plans in order to validate system compliance and specifications
  • Ensuring that the unit will provide effective heating and air conditioning for the space and that the installation is carried out in accordance with local regulations
  • Checking the ventilation efficiency of the system after the installations and providing periodic services for the maintenance of the installed systems
A certification course (ITI) in heating, ventilation and air conditioning is a basic requirement, with a special course in any of the fields being an added advantage for the candidates. Classroom studies only provide an entry pass to this field. More importantly, HVAC technicians should take apprenticeship for more than 3 years under a professional HVAC technician. Candidates having experience in inspection and testing of the electrical components are likely to get better opportunities. An HVAC technician should have a legally valid license to carry out HVAC jobs. Some of these licenses are electrician's license for refrigeration, electrician's license in low energy, oil burner license, high pressure boiler operator's license, natural gas certification and plumber's license.
  • Proficiency in observing blueprints associated with the system installation
  • Capability of updating existing knowledge with current improvements
  • Excellent communication skill with capability of explaining
  • Ability to understand the situations and take proper decisions
  • Good physical condition, free from allergies
  • Capability of lifting loads at elevated positions
HVAC technicians have to often work in untidy environments; hence they must be able to adapt to them. They may also require performing first aid in case of accidents.

The job of an HVAC technician will fetch you an annual earning of around $40,000. In course of time, some HVAC technicians also advance to supervisory positions while others enter into sales and marketing jobs. They might also become building superintendents, cost estimators or system test and balance specialists.

With progress in technology and business, construction of new homes, repair of older houses and buildings and an ever-increasing population, a very favorable time has come for workers in the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry. With the growth of population, the HVAC industry will also grow.
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