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Become A Hvac-R Technician

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Working As A Hvac-R 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-R Technician Do At Pfizer

* May work variable shifts and 24 hour on call as required.
* Participates in multicraft work activities as required.
* 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.
* May work variable shifts and 24 hour on call as required.
* Participates in multicraft work activities as required. (EMU craft generic).
* Additional Duties and Responsibilities Include: May work variable shifts and 24 hour on call as required.
* Participates in multicraft work activities as required.
* Heavy emphasis on refrigeration knowledge as this position primarily supports chiller operation in API Manufacturing for the Kalamazoo plant

What Does A Hvac-R Technician Do At Aecom

* Diagnoses, troubleshoots, maintains, and repairs heating and ventilation equipment, pumps, fans, compressors, and other mechanical equipment as necessary.
* Utilizes strong mechanical and electrical skills in order to complete assignments.
* Performs preventive maintenance on HVAC control and operating systems as scheduled in the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
* Responds and provides service and feedback to the customer on all work orders while assuring compliance to codes, regulations and industry standards.
* Recommends measures to improve maintenance methods and equipment performance.
* Safely performs functions of the position including following proper safety guidelines such as job hazard analysis and lockout/tagout procedures and wearing PPE as required.
* Operates various measuring, diagnostic and testing instruments to help provide energy efficiency solutions.
* Operates a variety of equipment such as hand tools, laptop computers and diagnostic hardware to perform work.
* Maintains a strict schedule in order to be successful in the assignment, yet demonstrates flexibility in the day-to-day activities and scheduling for the benefit of the customer.
* Other duties as assigned by Manager or Supervisor.
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What Does A Hvac-R Technician Do At Cary Services Inc.

* Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
* Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using electronic and/or soap and water solution.
* Join pipes or tubing to equipment to fuel, water, or refrigerant source to form a complete circuit.
* Reassemble and test equipment following repairs
* Repair or replace defective equipment, components or wiring.
* Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment according to wiring diagrams.
* Install, connect and adjust thermostats, humidistats and timers.
* Comply with all applicable standards, policies and procedures, including safety procedures and the maintenance of a clean work area.
* Inspect and test systems to verify system compliance with plans and specifications or to detect and locate malfunctions.
* Perform all phases of preventive maintenance as recommended by manufacturers and Cary Services to prevent failures and prolong the life of the equipment

What Does A Hvac-R Technician Do At Johnstone Supply-Kenilw

* Determines customer replacement HVAC/R parts, according to inspection or verbal/description of the old part, and customer requirements.
* Provides customer product and service needs by performing such tasks as finding products using computer, catalog, telephone or other reference sources.
* Recommends and orders both catalog listed and unlisted products for customers; recognizes products most commonly purchased by customers, resolves commonly-encountered technical problems, responds to incoming sales calls, makes outgoing customer sales or service calls and addresses customer complaints.
* Recognizes and identifies HVAC/R parts and equipment to fulfill customer needs and answer customer questions.
* Processes customer transactions by entering and printing quotes; processing warranties, balancing cash drawers; creating credit invoices; processing pick/pack orders; and processing will-call backorder notifications.
* Ensures desired level of profitability is obtained by consistently following the pricing structure established for the store, achieving sales targets, and following established sales process.
* Participates in customer training for new and existing product lines

What Does A Hvac-R Technician Do At Gartner Refrigeration

* Installs, services, and repairs refrigeration and hvac equipment and systems.
* Diagnoses problems and/or failures in refrigeration and hvac systems for the purpose of identifying equipment and/or systems repair and replacement needs.
* Performs routine and preventive maintenance as needed and/or assigned for the purpose of ensuring the ongoing functioning of refrigeration and hvac systems.
* Coordinates with administration and other trades for the purpose of completing projects/work orders efficiently

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How To Become A Hvac-R 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.

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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Top Hvac-R Technician Skills

  1. Refrigeration Units
  2. Hvac/R
  3. Boiler Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspect various types of container refrigeration units for density approval and structural integrity.
  • Installed, operated, maintained, and repaired HVAC/R systems in 403 facilities valued at $3.7B.
  • Operated and maintained high pressure boiler systems.
  • Replaced boilers steam equipment, A/C equipment to include chillers package units.
  • Understand and follow all safety procedures and manufactures suggested instructions.

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