WHAT DOES AN HVAC INSTALLER/SERVICE TECHNICIAN DO?
An industrial/commercial HVAC mechanic assembles, installs, services, and repairs air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating units used in commercial and industrial buildings.
HVAC Installer/Service Technician Apprenticeship
During an apprenticeship, you shall receive work experience and job-related education in all phases of the occupation necessary to develop the skill and proficiency of a skilled professional. We rotate you throughout the various work processes to ensure you are a well-rounded professional upon completion of the apprenticeship.
All apprenticeships include three main parts: job-related-education, on-the-job training, and a scalable wage progression.
The apprenticeship requires you to complete 6,000 hours of on-the-job training. A year consists of 2,000 hours, so you will complete the required hours at the conclusion of the three-year program. During the term of your apprenticeship, you are required to complete the HVAC certificate program at a local technical school.
*The apprenticeship wage starts at $12 per hour and includes a progress review every 6 months. Upon successful completion of the program, you should be earning at least $18 per hour. You will receive a credential from the United States Department of Labor and a certificate of completion from the local technical college.
- Safely drive a motor vehicle
- Work within precise limits or standards of accuracy
- Look at flat drawings or pictures and visualize how they would look as solid objects with height, width, and depth
- Perform a variety of duties, which may change often
- Rate information using measurable standards
- Must be able to reach for, handle, and feel objects
- Lift objects weighing up to 75 pounds, with frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds
- See well (either naturally or with correction) and distinguish colors
- Climb and maintain balance on high ladders and scaffolds
- Stand, stoop, kneel, or crouch
- Completion of apprenticeship program required; may be required to be licensed
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Studies building plans and working drawings to determine work aids required and sequence of installations.
- May measure windows or other existing openings, or cut through walls, using a mallet, cold chisel, or other tools to install new units.
- Diagnoses causes of equipment breakdowns, tests parts with appropriate instruments, disassembles and assembles parts, and makes necessary repairs.
- May drill holes to mount units and lift parts into position.
- Locates and marks position of pipe and/or duct connections and passage holes for same in walls and floors, using ruler, spirit level, and laser.
- Cuts openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and/or duct fittings, using hand tools and power tools.
- Cuts and threads pipe, using pipe cutters, cutting torch, and pipe-threading machine.
- Connects motors to control panels and balances motors to ensure efficient operation.
- Connects control panels to power source.
- May weld holding fixtures to steel structural members.
- May install and maintain solar heating and cooling units