What is a HVAC Technician?

Q: What is a HVAC Technician?

The HVAC technician is an expert that works on ventilation, heating, cooling support and services. The HVAC technician is charge of inspecting and testing systems to verify system compliance with plans and specifications or detecting and locating technical failure. HVAC technician is responsible for connecting, installing and adjusting thermostats and timers.

HVAC technician is associated with testing electrical circuits/components for continuity, using electrical test equipment and testing pipe or tubing joints for leaks, using soap and water solution or pressure gauge. The responsibilities of a HVAC technician also include replacing or repairing defective equipment, components, or wiring and reassembling and testing the equipment subsequent to repairs. HVAC technician duties further include laying out and connecting electrical wiring as specified by diagrams, using hand tools.

HVAC technician is expected comply with all pertinent policies, standards and procedures, including that of safety. HVAC technician is also responsible for the maintenance of a clean work area.

HVAC Technician: Training and Licensing

Due to the complexity of HVAC systems, applicants with technical training or formal apprenticeship are preferred. Some states require HVAC technicians to be licensed.

The books that prepare HVAC technicians for state licensing examination typically cover the following areas: Piping systems, ductwork sizing, refrigerants, cooling and distribution systems, refrigeration equipment and processes, filters and air flow, maintenance, servicing and safety, humidification, dehumidification and psychrometrics, EPA refrigeration handlers, heating circuits, safety on the job, steam and hot-water heating, heating sources, heating systems and boiler codes and standards.

 

References:

http://www.bls.gov

http://www.onetonline.org

HVAC Licensing Exam Study Guide

 

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