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Working As A Hvac Maintenance Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
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  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $27,000

    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
Facility Maintenance Technician Driver Fleet Manager
Area Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Assistant Chief Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Installation Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Chief Engineer Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Manager Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Refrigeration Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Installation Technician Maintenance Technician
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Handyman Repair Technician Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager Maintenance Manager
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Supervisor Facilities Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Handyman Maintenance Technician Facilities Technician
Senior Facility Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Production Supervisor Service Technician
Senior Service Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Lead Technician Maintenance Director Lead Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Service Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Hvac Technician Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Refrigeration Technician Maintenance Supervisor Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Hvac-R Technician 3.9 years
Hvac Technician 3.6 years
Heating Technician 3.1 years
AC Technician 2.9 years
Hvac Apprentice 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Hvac Maintenance Technician
Technician 6.6%
Mechanic 3.2%
Cook 2.2%
Supervisor 2.0%
Owner 1.8%
Top Careers After Hvac Maintenance Technician
Technician 4.5%
Engineer 3.0%
Supervisor 2.2%
Handyman 1.7%

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Hvac Maintenance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

94.7%

Female

4.6%

Unknown

0.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

12.9%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.8%

Carrier

17.6%

Vietnamese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Choctaw

5.9%

Korean

5.9%
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Hvac Maintenance Technician Education

Schools

Refrigeration School Inc

9.1%

Redstone College

7.3%

Lincoln Technical Institute

5.5%

Ranken Technical College

5.5%

Hinds Community College

5.5%

San Joaquin Valley College

5.5%

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

5.5%

American School of Technology

5.5%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

5.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

5.5%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

5.5%

Pennco Tech

5.5%

Pima Community College

3.6%

ECPI University

3.6%

Interactive College of Technology

3.6%

Tyler Junior College

3.6%

Delaware County Community College

3.6%

Augusta Technical College

3.6%

Vatterott Career College

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

36.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

25.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.4%

Business

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Computer Networking

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Automotive Technology

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Management

1.5%

General Studies

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Property Management

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Graphic Design

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

0.9%

Fine Arts

0.9%

Precision Metal Working

0.9%

Construction Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

46.0%

Certificate

19.2%

Associate

14.9%

Diploma

9.5%

Bachelors

8.7%

License

1.0%

Masters

0.7%
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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.

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