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Working As A Hvac Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Hvac Maintenance Technician Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become A Hvac Maintenance Technician

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Hvac Maintenance Technician Career Paths

Hvac Maintenance Technician
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Build-Release Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Supervisor Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Electrician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Hvac-R Technician Journeyman Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Hvac-R Technician Journeyman Journeyman Electrician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Hvac-R Technician Hvac Mechanic Lead Mechanic
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Refrigeration Technician Operations Engineer Lead Building Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Hvac Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Lead Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Hvac Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Manager Of Maintenance Technology
7 Yearsyrs
Refrigeration Technician Diesel Technician Senior Mechanic
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
9 Yearsyrs
Refrigeration Technician Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Technician Supervisor
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Hvac Mechanic 4.2 years
Hvac-R Technician 3.9 years
Hvac Technician 3.7 years
Hvac Installer 2.9 years
Hvac Apprentice 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Hvac Maintenance Technician
Technician 4.8%
Mechanic 2.9%
Owner 2.5%
Cashier 2.2%
Carpenter 1.9%
Supervisor 1.9%
Top Careers After Hvac Maintenance Technician
Technician 3.7%
Engineer 1.9%
Owner 1.7%
Foreman 1.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$36,000
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$24,000
Min 10%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Shelby County Schools
Highest Paying City
Alameda, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Hvac Maintenance Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Hvac Maintenance Technician in the United States is $36,676 per year or $18 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $55,000.

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Top Skills for A Hvac Maintenance Technician

  1. Package Units
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Air Conditioners Units
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experience in installing new units such as 3to5 ton package units, split systems such as fan coils or air handlers.
  • Perform corrective and preventative maintenance and repair of building systems and apparatuses.
  • Specialized in plumbing, drywall repairs, and fix a/c units and also doing make ready, and running work orders.
  • Install, diagnose and repairs electrical systems and electronic components of systems installed in rental/vacation properties.
  • Maintain Chillers, boilers, air handlers, VAV s, coolers, freezers and appliance equipment.

Hvac Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

84.8%

Unknown

11.4%

Female

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

13.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.0%

Carrier

16.0%

German

4.0%

Vietnamese

4.0%

Choctaw

4.0%
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Hvac Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Refrigeration School Inc

10.7%

Lincoln Technical Institute

8.7%

Pennco Tech

6.8%

Environmental Technical Institute

5.8%

Atlanta Technical College

4.9%

Everest Institute

4.9%

Orleans Technical Institute

4.9%

Laurus Technical Institute

4.9%

A-Technical College

4.9%

Ranken Technical College

4.9%

Ferris State University

3.9%

American School of Technology

3.9%

Redstone College

3.9%

Universal Technical Institute

3.9%

University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.9%

San Joaquin Valley College

3.9%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

TESST College of Technology - Alexandria

3.9%

Delta Technical College

3.9%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

39.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

26.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.5%

Business

4.2%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Automotive Technology

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

General Studies

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Computer Science

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Property Management

1.1%

Construction Management

1.1%

Management

1.0%

Engineering

1.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

43.6%

Certificate

20.8%

Associate

15.1%

Diploma

10.5%

Bachelors

7.8%

Masters

1.2%

License

1.1%
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