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Become A Refrigeration Service Inspector

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Working As A Refrigeration Service Inspector

  • 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

  • $46,783

    Average Salary

What Does A Refrigeration Service Inspector Do At J.B. Hunt Transport

* Initiate growth focused activities to realize and capture market potential.
* Foster positive customer and partner carrier relations to retain and grow current business.
* Ensure customers receive superior on-time service.
* Hire, train and develop staff to meet branch objectives in regards to customer satisfaction, sales, and operations.
* Responsible for budget and profit margins to meet and exceed branch and business unit goals for sales and profitability.
* Prepare annual, monthly, and weekly plans to ensure each employee understands their goals in relation to the strategic objectives of the branch and ICS.
* Generates leads to develop new business with major accounts to grow branch revenue and maintain margin goals.
* Network with internal sales and marketing staff to develop and grow business.
* Properly manage risk and maintain financial integrity in all business matters.
* Ensure compliance to all local, state and federal (DOT) laws and regulations.
* See that all compliance issues are planned, updated or resolved daily.
* Foster a work environment that promotes J
* B. Hunt’s values for people, performance, and ethics.
* Moderate travel required.
* Position requires full time attendance.
* Job Description:
* What does it take to be considered?
* A degree and 3 years of relevant 3PL/Brokerage/Transportation experience.
* *_OR_
* years of relevant 3PL/Brokerage/Transportation experience.
* Leadership experience is preferred but not required.
* Must understand Budget and P&L management.
* Think strategic, but be willing to get your hands dirty.
* You must be able to travel and be on call 24/7.
* So here is the job in a nutshell:
* Start your office by building your team.
* We encourage you to recruit experienced J
* B. Hunt personnel to build your office around.
* Find customers for your office.
* Generate creative 3PL solutions to meet said customer’s supply chain needs.
* Leverage current assets, existing carrier relationships, or develop new carriers to deliver the solutions you crafted for your customers.
* Work with our existing sales force to develop addition business opportunities for your office.
* Continue to hire and train quality personnel and provide them a strategic vision for the future.
* Full P&L ownership.
* You set your goals to drive your future.
* GROW, GROW, GROW and strive for excellence daily

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How To Become A Refrigeration Service Inspector

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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Refrigeration Service Inspector Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    90.9%
  • Unknown

    4.5%
  • Female

    4.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    71.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    15.7%
  • Asian

    11.4%
  • Unknown

    0.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Top Skills for A Refrigeration Service Inspector

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Top Refrigeration Service Inspector Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Refrigeration Copper Pipes
  3. Rear Motor Room
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Read and maintain gas meters while offering excellent customer service while operating and utilizing all available resources.
  • Order Selector Picking orders in a freezer on a riding pallet jack.