An HVAC/R technician is someone who installs, maintains and repairs heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and appliances. HVAC/R technicians work for repair shops, utility companies, contractors or run their own business. In addition to their HVAC/R degree, technicians are generally required to be certified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
HVAC/R professionals may do installs and repairs in a variety of environments, including:
- Factories & manufacturing plants
- Storage facilities
- Restaurants & grocery stores
HVAC/R professionals need a wide range of knowledge pertaining to:
- Commercial & domestic refrigeration
- Automatic, electronic & programmable controls
- Power sources & fuel systems
- Heating & cooling technology
As housing renovation continues to boom, more certified HVAC/R technicians will be needed. Also, HVAC/R technicians are at the forefront of environmental safety and technology. They can directly affect energy efficiency, water purity and overall conservation efforts while educating business and homeowners.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008