An air conditioning (AC) technician is a person typically employed by a company that specializes in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) processes. This technician works to install, maintain, and repair air conditioning equipment in commercial and residential buildings. This can involve machine work on air conditioning units themselves, as well as structural work to place ducts and vents.
The AC technician doing installation work will normally be working with equipment already specified by building professionals or contractors. He or she will simply place any exterior equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations and then work with any existing duct work to connect the two. There may be times when the AC technician has to add ducts and create space for them or create cutouts for vents and registers. In these circumstances, he or she will normally consult with the property owner or manager beforehand to explain what procedures need to be done.
AC technicians typically will get some certification in this trade from an associate's degree or trade school program. At entry level, he or she may be assigned to assist a more senior technician. Typically an AC technician will work during mornings and afternoons during the work week, but it is normal for most dedicated HVAC companies to require weekends and 24-hour, on-call duties that rotate among these persons on staff.
Air Conditioning (AC) Technician Tasks
Install, inspect, maintain, and repair AC units.
Read schematics, study schedules, and estimate job requirements, such as costs and completion times.
Report job details, such as completion times, materials used, and unit damages and repairs.
Maintain, repair, and replace company equipment and order parts and units from vendors.
Use diagnostic equipment to test AC units for leakage, damage, and functionality.