What is an HVAC Technician

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An HVAC technician, or HVACR technician, is a person that specializes in the installation, repair and maintenance of HVAC systems. HVAC/HVACR systems are composed of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration functions and they control the overall temperature and climate inside of homes, corporate offices, hospitals and other types of buildings. Some HVAC techs specialize in commercial systems while others concentrate on the residential market.

To become an HVAC technician a strong knowledge of wiring, piping, troubleshooting and controls is required. You must also be comfortable using power tools. Technical training is a must, whether it is through an on-the-job apprenticeship, a short-term vocational course or a full-fledged certification program at a technical or trade school. Also, many states do require a license to become an HVAC technician – this license is usually obtained by passing an exam. Federally, techs must become certified with the EPA in order to work with refrigerants. NATE certifications – North American Technician Excellence – are also valuable, although not required by all HVAC employers (to learn more about NATE exams click here: www.natex.org/).

With a mounting movement towards ‘going green’ and becoming more energy efficient at home and on a corporate level HVAC technicians look towards a bright future of maintaining efficient equipment and replacing older HVAC equipment with newer, greener alternatives. HVAC jobs are expected to grow 34% from 2010-2020. This growth rate is greater than the average for all other occupations.

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