HVAC Job Description

April 2021 — If you are considering a career in HVAC, it might be good to get at an overview of what’s involved in being an HVAC technician.

An HVAC Technician, or a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician, installs and repairs various air quality systems.

HVAC Technicians have several responsibilities. Depending on the specifics of a job, their primary duty is to either maintain systems or install new units. In fact, some HVAC Technicians spend their time alternating between these two roles. In addition, there are about 20 other jobs that are involved in a professional HVAC business, from dispatching to sales, purchasing to management.

Other common responsibilities for HVAC Technicians include:

  • Removing old systems
  • Installing new systems
  • Performing routine maintenance
  • Running pipe and duct systems through homes
  • Reading and interpreting wiring diagrams
  • Understanding refrigeration cycles
  • Communicating with clients and customers
  • Ordering and maintaining onsite equipment

HVAC work is challenging, both in terms of the technical knowledge needed for the job and the difficulty of diagnosing and repairing HVAC equipment. Problem-solving is a big part of the job, and workers need good communication skills so they can explain what repairs need to be made and why.

You don’t need a college degree to become an HVAC Technician. However, you do need the proper training, and earning those could take months of studying. The exact requirements you need depend on the position you’re filling. For example, technicians coming from a background in new residential construction will have a slightly different skill set than people coming from factory backgrounds or people with experience retrofitting old homes with new equipment.

One of the newest and best trade schools in the area is National Trade Academy. For more information, go to their website at www.nationaltradeacademy.com or call them at 866-284-2232.

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