Magazine article Techniques

HVACR Technician

Magazine article Techniques

HVACR Technician

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Job Description

An HVACR technician installs, services and repairs equipment used to control temperature, circulation, moisture and purity of air. Technicians often specialize in residential, commercial or industrial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing systems or refrigeration equipment. All of these skilled technicians must be able to diagnose and correct problems on a variety of HVACR systems. The many mechanical, electrical and electronic components installed and maintained by HVACR technicians work together to create and maintain healthy, comfortable environments in homes, offices, cars, schools, hospitals and more. This makes the HVACR technician a valued member of America's workforce.

The Workplace

There is no typical workplace for HVACR technicians, because they may be found anywhere there is climate-control equipment to be installed, maintained or repaired. Wherever HVACR technicians work, appropriate safety equipment is always necessary to prevent injury when handling refrigerants and to reduce the possibilities of electrical shock, burns and muscle strains.

Educational Requirements

Because technology continues to improve the efficiency of heating, airconditioning and refrigeration systems, this occupation requires technicians to receive certification through technical or apprenticeship training and to remain current with advancements in the field. Education may be obtained in many secondary and postsecondary technical schools and community colleges. The Air-Conditioning Contractors of America, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada are just a few of the organizations that participate in apprenticeship programs. The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute administers the Industry Competency Exam that is taken by students in HVACR training programs. …

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