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Working As A Hvac Mechanic

  • 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

  • $58,250

    Average Salary

What Does A Hvac Mechanic Do At Pfizer

* As part of the Apprentice Academy shift and area placement will be based on business need.
* May work variable shifts and 24 hour on call as required.
* Participates in multicraft work activities as required. (EMU craft generic).
* Potential for exposure to hazardous materials, heights, temperature extremes, equipment in motion, noisy, dusty and dirty conditions, stooping, bending and heavy lifting.
* The proper use of the correct Personal Protective Equipment for each task as well as compliance with all applicable safety Standard Procedures is a must

What Does A Hvac Mechanic Do At Bae Systems

* Maintains, adjusts, repairs, installs, tests and operates all types of air conditioners, chillers, environmental chambers, heating systems, hydraulic systems, vacuum pumps, pneumatic and DOC controls and component parts for each of the above systems.
* Works from prints, sketches, diagrams, handbooks and manufacturer's instructions to analyze, diagnose, adjust and restore malfunctioning heating, air conditioning and ventilating systems and chambers in order to ensure efficient operating conditions.
* Localizes disturbances in systems and plans I executes the replacement of worn or defective parts.
* Checks all areas of the plant for proper temperature, humidity, volume and velocity of air and adjusts actuating controls to balance air & water systems as required.
* Installs heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration systems.
* Checks, balances, calibrates, adjusts and modifies systems and equipment after installation, modification or overhaul.
* Utilizes computerized preventive maintenance schedule.
* Records and logs work performed such as date or problem, explanation of problem, what was replaced and/or repaired on the controls and components of each system.
* May perform some of the duties of a Power Plant Mechanic and Plumber.
* Responsible for ensuring that all work is performed and completed as specified by contract, engineering drawings / specifications and applicable codes.
* Works from prints for new jobs and renovates and alters existing equipment to assure project is correct and complete for proper operation.
* May be required to participate on special teams, including but not limited to snow removal, emergency response and must be responsive to off-hour emergencies.
* Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.
* Required Skills and Education

What Does A Hvac Mechanic Do At The Christ Hospital Health Network

* Understands basic refrigeration cycle to include: identifying components in refrigeration circuit, understanding how each component works, diagnosing problems in the refrigeration circuit, using manifold gauge set, pressure/temperature chart and temperature measuring devices for routine maintenance and to troubleshoot.
* Understands refrigeration recovery, evacuation and charging.
* Inspect repair and install HVAC equipment including refrigeration and air-conditioning compressors receiver, condensers chillers water cooling towers, Ice Machines converter units pumps, automatic and hand valves expansion valves and capillary tubes.
* Conduct regular preventive maintenance inspections of refrigeration systems and HVAC heating and ventilation units including boilers.
* Operate air conditioning equipment and make necessary adjustments or repairs as needed
* Repair or replace defective parts in units and equipment and the controls including: thermostats, automatic switches, fan controls, damper motors, relays, filters, BAS controls belts, compressors, heat exchangers, logic controllers, pressure controls, safety valves and automatic devices and motors.
* Install and calibrate systems install copper tubing and repair pipes into being as necessary test joints insulate pipes a refrigeration and air-conditioning systems/tubes do you scale to being rebuilt pressure and temperature safety valves and water pumps
* Maintain related records concerning time labor materials maintain log of tasks performed and write reports and order parts as required to perform all other duties as assigned
* Perform skilled electrical maintenance work in the repair insulation alteration of HVAC equipment components timer motors and wiring systems as needed connect to mothers to control panels.
* Operate a variety of hand and power tools, welder, torch, vacuum pump test

What Does A Hvac Mechanic Do At Aecom

* Maintain, repair and install the building’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning and associated controls and piping, and other building mechanical equipment such as steam generators, heat exchangers, pumps, chillers and cooling towers.
* May remove and install insulation, as required.
* Repair, replace, and check high and low pressure chillers, motors blowers, belts and controls; checks all safety devices and controls, replacing and repairing when needed clean air handlers, blowers, ducts and similar apparatus, overhauls compressors, condensers and other equipment as needed.
* Make mechanical and electrical (480 volts or below) alterations, as required, to the air conditioning equipment, heating, ventilation, air conditioning controls, and other mechanical equipment.
* Respond to requests for service adjustments and other trouble calls.
* Troubleshoot design and system control problems and make emergency repairs, as required.
* Maintain accurate log of CFC usage and repairs to CFC equipment and other monitoring equipment.
* Perform preventative maintenance, equipment lubrication, and daily inspections in accordance with a well defined program.
* Institute a corrective action and/or inform supervisor of any deficiencies found in the course of performing the job.
* Utilize diagnostic test equipment and other related tools of the trade.
* Perform other related work as assigned.
* Supervise repair personnel as assigned

What Does A Hvac Mechanic Do At Johnson Controls

* Change and Service Filters
* Oil and Grease Bearings
* Perform Belt adjustment and replacement services
* Perform Cooling Tower and Condenser Maintenance (coils, evaporators and tubes)
* Perform general housekeeping tasks as required by customer contract
* Operate mechanical equipment if deemed necessary by customer contract
* Clean and perform routine maintenance as required for solar energy equipment
* Perform Indoor Air Quality related maintenance including but not limited to the cleaning of duct systems and drain pans
* This is a Bargaining Unit Position.
* Qualifications
* High School Diploma or equivalent
* Familiarity with HVAC equipment
* EPA Refrigeration certification a plus
* Self starter with ability to work independently
* This position requires a current driver's license
* This is a Bargaining Unit Position

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How To Become A Hvac Mechanic

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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Languages Spoken

  • Carrier

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Romanian

  • French

  • Venetian

  • Armenian

  • Russian

  • Croatian

  • Bosnian

  • Italian

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Real Hvac Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hvac Mechanic Cs12 Aquisition Corporation T/A Hess Mechanical Co Frederick, MD Nov 19, 2014 $64,771
Hvac Mechanic Vordonia Contracting & Suplies Corp NY Dec 09, 2010 $41,677
Hvac Mechanic R.A.M.S. Mechanical Inc. NY Jul 12, 2010 $41,197
Hvac Mechanic I True Air Duct Installation and Ventilation, Inc. FL Apr 30, 2013 $31,305

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Top Hvac Mechanic Skills

  1. Package Units
  2. Chillers
  3. Air Ducts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Install / Maintenance straight cool and heat pump split systems, gas furnaces, package units, mini splits.
  • Performed preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and some service on high pressure and low pressure centrifugal, and reciprocating chillers.
  • Fabricate metal air ducts Accomplishments Received my EPA Universal Certificate
  • Assist Stationary Engineer in the operation and maintenance of 3 High Pressure Steam boilers.
  • Install HVAC systems, supervise a crew of four.

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