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Working As A Hvac Controls Technician

  • 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

  • $45,110

    Average Salary

What Does A Hvac Controls Technician Do At Siemens

* Works with project management and engineering team to review jobs specifications and design needs.
* Designs and creates all custom software programs, point database and graphics that are used with the BAS, workstations and website interfaces.
* Provides on-site support for the scheduling of contractors to coordinate start-up services as needed.
* Construction trades would generally include various mechanical, electrical, IT and equipment suppliers.
* Executes project start-ups, commissioning, testing, and troubleshooting of installed BAS controls and mechanical systems on assigned projects.
* Participates in the layout and coordination of network drops, IP addresses and monitoring tools with customer's IT Department personnel.
* Works with equipment vendors to coordinate communication protocols, encryption, and database requirements for integration to their systems.
* Runs semi-complex reports to analyze system operation, works with project team to demonstrate system operation and verify consistency with the contracted scope of work.
* Participates in final inspection and testing, assures customer acceptance, and conducts training for end user customers on system operations.
* Provides Plans & Control System Documents to application engineering for as-built drawings.
* Mentors other specialists who may need specific automation product knowledge

What Does A Hvac Controls Technician Do At Digital Air Control

* Service Technicians are involved in some the following activities depending on the position.
* Technicians must understand and be able to complete assigned tasks given to them by the Dispatcher or Department Manager.
* Applicants must show HVAC and control system experience and will be tested on their knowledge.
* Below are examples of experience our technicians have.
* Knowledge of all examples is not necessary for position; however, experience in some of the areas is required.
* Commercial HVAC systems and control theory (example how a VAV AHU works) Sensor and device operation evaluation and calibration and replacement Controller evaluation, replacement and re-programming Network communication troubleshooting and repair.
* Air and water systems balance Remote system diagnostics Energy efficiency evaluations Resolve customer complaints as an on-call responder.
* Effectively communicates progress, issues and status to dispatcher and management as required

What Does A Hvac Controls Technician Do At CBRE

* Complies with all applicable codes, regulations, governmental agency and Company directives related to building operations and work safety.
* Maintains, operates, and repairs HVAC systems and associated equipment, electrical distribution equipment, plumbing systems, building interior/exterior repair, and related grounds as it pertains to assigned building(s).
* Inspects building HVAC and plumbing systems to ensure operation of equipment is within design capabilities and achieves environmental conditions prescribed by client.
* Performs assigned repairs, emergency and preventive maintenance.
* Completes maintenance and repair records as required.
* Responds quickly to emergency situations, summoning additional assistance as needed.
* Reviews historical maintenance records to develop proactive inspection, testing and preventive maintenance schedule.
* Operates company vehicle in a safe manner and follows prescribed routines to service locations in a timely manner.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* No formal supervisory responsibilities in this position.
* Provides informal assistance such as technical guidance, and/or training to coworkers.
* Coordinates and assigns tasks to co-workers within a work unit and/or project

What Does A Hvac Controls Technician Do At Johnson Controls

* Diagnoses and repairs complex control systems malfunctions requiring extensive knowledge of a variety of electronic or digital controls systems and ability to test and write modifications in multiple languages of systems software.
* Consults with the customer through data gathered and site assessments.
* Provides field proposals for retrofits, upgrades and or enhancements to existing equipment.
* Assists sales by providing technical recommendations for sales leads.
* Manages assigned work to meet professional and efficient execution of time and customer satisfaction.
* Reports problems or changes to management immediately.
* Interfaces with branch manager, service manager, service project manager or subcontractors on projects to coordinate activities as required in an ethical and professional manner.
* With administrative support from the Projects Team, may manage all aspects of small / non-complex retrofit projects as required.
* Provides sketches of field changes and discrepancies for engineering corrections and drawings.
* May assist with job layouts and bid proposals.
* Communicates with customer upon arrival and before leaving the work site.
* Ensures high levels of customer satisfaction.
* Meets regularly with customer to become familiar with operating problems.
* Keeps customer informed on the nature of service provided, outstanding issues and recommends system enhancements, upgrades, and or replacement.
* Promotes the sale of add-on work.
* Adheres to all Johnson Controls and customer safety standards.
* Provides safety leadership and instruction to all controls technicians in the branch.
* Provides safety awareness while working on site with Johnson Controls subcontractors.
* Trains the customer in control systems operations.
* Delivers manuals and documentation to the customer for training needs as required.
* Provides mentorship for certification of Controls Technicians and Service Technicians on complex building automation systems.
* Coaches, supports and trains mechanical workforce on non-complex, non-critical equipment.
* Compiles job documentation, such as certificate of completion, customer training form, training certificates and punch lists.
* Conducts extensive self study (reading, research and practice) to improve and maintain technical proficiency in company's product lines

What Does A Hvac Controls Technician Do At Ingersoll Rand

* Responsible for end to end testing, downloading programming, starting up, commissioning, and servicing on assigned projects.
* Represents the company by serving as the direct customer contact and is responsible for servicing products and equipment on assigned projects, ensuring customer satisfaction by identifying, analyzing, diagnosing and repairing equipment and systems at customer’s location.
* Coordinates with team leader and customer to precisely understand requirements for all on-site installation and repairs by extensively examining building layouts, forecasting issues, gathering materials and synchronizing on-site work.
* Uses cutting edge software and technology, along with a variety of hand-tools, following blueprints or engineering specifications, to diagnose and repair units.
* Continually enforces safety to the highest standards and maintains security and accountability of company issued and procured assets by recording use, wear and conditions.
* Displays team effort and dedication to customer by maintaining flexibility to work overtime and weeks as the business requires, including occasional overnight stays

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How To Become A Hvac Controls Technician

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.


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.


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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  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

  • Spanish


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Top Hvac Controls Technician Skills

  1. Hvac Controls
  2. Terminal Units
  3. Troubleshoot
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed, programmed, and troubleshot HVAC controls to control valves, ac motors, blowers and fans.
  • Included hands-on hardware troubleshooting and electrical work during system testing.
  • Monitored and maintained DDC Control System, including professional interaction with various contractors.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on HVAC units, Boilers, piping and valves.
  • Repaired and maintained chill water systems.

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