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Become An Air Conditioning Specialist

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Working As An Air Conditioning Specialist

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $46,783

    Average Salary

What Does An Air Conditioning Specialist Do At The Arora Group

* AND CONDITIONING SPECIALIST:
* Coordinate individualized exercise programs with the organization to ensure a safe and expeditious return to training of individuals recovering from injury.
* Design and implement physical training programs to ensure proper functional movement fitness routines for each individual Rescue Operator to increase energy system development, strength training, and power development.
* Perform routine (once a month) pre and post evaluations that will determine arm/leg/abdomen/hip girth measurements and functional movement screening that will determine Rescue Operators ability to move efficiently.
* Perform routine (once a quarter) performance testing that includes the following minimum:
* Energy System Development/VO2 max testing, Vertical Jump, Grip Strength, 90 Degree Static back extension test.
* Collaborate with registered dietician to provide routine (once a month) nutrition education and evaluation for each individual Rescue Operator to increase performance and transform body compositions.
* Refer all personnel under his/her purview with an apparent new or undiagnosed medical condition to a medical provider for evaluation and treatment.
* Applicable to the continuous support locations only.
* Assist in developing facility standard operating procedures, guidelines, and exercise protocols including the safe use of strength and conditioning equipment

What Does An Air Conditioning Specialist Do At Kbrwyle

* Design, administer, evaluate, and document the effects of physical training protocols under the supervision of the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator.
* Coordinate training programs with the HP staff to ensure a safe and expeditious return to training of SOF personnel recovering from injury.
* Design and implement physical training programs for personnel who are TDY/TAD or deployed under the supervision of the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator.
* Demonstrate and provide instruction and guidance on physical training, exercises, movements, and injury avoidance.
* Refer all personnel with an apparent new or undiagnosed medical condition to a medical provider for evaluation and treatment.
* Assist the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator in developing facility standard operating procedures, guidelines, and training protocols including the safe use of strength and conditioning equipment.
* Participate in periodic meetings to review and evaluate physical training programs and identify opportunities for improvement.
* If a meeting occurs outside of regular working hours, the SCS is responsible for reviewing the information disseminated in meetings.
* Participate in periodic in-service training for members of the HP staff and/or POTFF staff as appropriate.
* Attend required training in accordance with guiding instructions.
* Commands will allow attendance at the necessary conferences or courses to complete the continuing education units required to maintain professional certifications.
* Perform administrative duties such as maintaining records of utilization, workload, conducting or participating in education programs, and participating in clinical staff quality assurance functions.
* Develop and promulgate training materials as requested and required by the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator.
* Assist with supply inventories and provide input regarding supply needs for the HP program.
* Literately utilize computers, software, and technologies as required and requested by the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator and required by USSOCOM HQ and its POTFF staff

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How To Become An Air Conditioning Specialist

Because HVACR systems have become increasingly complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship. Some states and localities require technicians to be licensed. Workers may need to pass a background check prior to being hired.

Education

A growing number of HVACR technicians receive postsecondary instruction from technical and trade schools or community colleges that offer programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. These programs generally last from 6 months to 2 years and lead to a certificate or an associate’s degree. To keep program costs lower, many schools are combining online lectures with in-class lab work.

High school students interested in becoming an HVACR technician should take courses in vocational education, math, and physics. Knowledge of plumbing or electrical work and a basic understanding of electronics is also helpful.

Training

Some HVACR technicians learn their trade exclusively on the job, although this practice is becoming much less common. Those who do usually begin by assisting experienced technicians with basic tasks, such as insulating refrigerant lines or cleaning furnaces. In time, they move on to more difficult tasks, including cutting and soldering pipes or checking electrical circuits.

Some technicians receive their training through an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship programs usually last 3 to 5 years. Each year, apprentices must have at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of related technical education. Over the course of the apprenticeship, technicians learn safety practices, blueprint reading, and how to use tools. They also learn about the numerous systems that heat and cool buildings. To enter an apprenticeship program, a trainee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a basic math test
  • Pass a substance abuse screening
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Apprenticeship programs frequently are run by joint committees representing local chapters of various organizations, including the following:

  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Inc.
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America
  • Home Builders Institute
  • Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
  • SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
  • United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy, handle, or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. To become certified, technicians must pass a written exam specific to one of three specializations: Type I—small appliances; Type II—high-pressure refrigerants; and Type III—low-pressure refrigerants. Many trade schools, unions, and employer associations offer training programs designed to prepare students for the EPA exam.

Whether having learned the occupation through postsecondary education or through other means, HVACR technicians may take several different tests that measure their abilities. These tests require different levels of experience. Technicians with relevant coursework and less than 2 years of experience may take the entry-level certification exams. These exams test basic competency in residential heating and cooling, light commercial heating and cooling, and commercial refrigeration. Technicians can take the exams at technical and trade schools.

HVACR technicians who have at least 1 year of installation experience and 2 years of maintenance and repair experience can take a number of specialized exams. These exams certify their competency in working with specific types of equipment, such as oil-burning furnaces or compressed-refrigerant cooling systems. Many organizations offer certifying exams. For example, North American Technician Excellence offers the Industry Competency Exam; HVAC Excellence offers a Secondary Employment Ready Exam, a Secondary Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Technology exam, and a Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Technology Plus exam; the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute offers a basic test and an advanced test in conjunction with the Home Builders Institute; the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association offers the entry-level Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator and Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator certifications; and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) offers EPA certification and specialized-knowledge certificates.

Certifications can be helpful because they show that the technician has specific competencies. Some employers actively seek out industry-certified HVACR technicians.

Some states and localities require HVACR technicians to be licensed. Although specific licensing requirements vary, all candidates must pass an exam.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. HVACR technicians often work in customers’ homes or business offices, so it is important that they be friendly, polite, and punctual. Repair technicians sometimes must deal with unhappy customers whose heating or air conditioning is not working.

Detail oriented. HVACR technicians must carefully maintain records of all work performed. The records must include the nature of the work performed and the time it took, as well as list specific parts and equipment that were used.

Math skills. HVACR technicians need to calculate the correct load requirements to ensure that the HVACR equipment properly heats or cools the space required.

Mechanical skills. HVACR technicians install and work on complicated climate-control systems, so they must understand the HVAC components and be able to properly assemble, disassemble, and, if needed, program them.

Physical stamina. HVACR technicians may spend many hours walking and standing. The constant physical activity can be tiring.

Physical strength. HVACR technicians may have to lift and support heavy equipment and components, often without help.

Time-management skills. HVACR technicians frequently have a set number of daily maintenance calls. They should be able to keep a schedule and complete all necessary repairs or tasks.

Troubleshooting skills. HVACR technicians must be able to identify problems on malfunctioning heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems and then determine the best way to repair them.

Because HVACR workers often work in and around people’s homes, they may need to pass a background check before being hired.

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Air Conditioning Specialist Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    76.2%
  • Female

    21.7%
  • Unknown

    2.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.4%
  • Asian

    7.7%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Danish

    14.3%
  • Irish

    14.3%
  • Chinese

    14.3%
  • German

    14.3%
  • French

    14.3%
  • Cantonese

    14.3%
  • Mandarin

    14.3%
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Top Skills for An Air Conditioning Specialist

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Top Air Conditioning Specialist Skills

  1. Strength Training
  2. Training Programs
  3. Hvac/R
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained required documentation of training programs and participation.
  • Interpret drawings and schematics, and install HVAC/R components.
  • Assist and train new employees on therapeutic exercise technique for physical therapy.
  • Received numerous recognition rewards from fellow employees and senior management praising my customer service.
  • Present at sports medicine conferences, and gather research data for endurance athletes and return to play protocol.

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