An HVAC controls technician is responsible for the installation, diagnostics, and repair of heating and air conditioning equipment. Their work can be indoors, sometimes working in small spaces, or it can be outdoors in any and all weather conditions, based on the type of installation. Most buildings require the installation of an HVAC system, so all environments from personal homes to industrial facilities are possible work locations. The environments can often be very dirty, and the work heavily involves hands-on situations. Possible dangers include extreme hot or cold temperatures, potentially dangerous levels of noise, and dust. In addition to the physical work of dealing with heating and air conditioning systems, HVAC controls technicians must also be able to fill out paperwork and deal with customers.
HVAC controls technicians travel from job-site to job-site, but they typically will not need to take trips lasting longer than a few hours. A typical day involves driving to and from work sites, interacting with customers to determine the problem, performing hands on labor, and driving to the next work site. When not actively working, it is common for HVAC controls technicians to be oncall, available at any time if needed.
To become a HVAC controls technician usually requires technical or vocational schooling. A focus on math, engineering, and hands on coursework in high school can begin to prepare one for a career as a HVAC controls technician. Some HVAC controls technicians also undergo apprenticeship programs, where they learn the trade from a senior HVAC controls technician.
HVAC Controls Technician Tasks
Troubleshoot, fix and update HVAC systems and associated controls.
Download, update and verify software accuracy.
Calibrate and test HVAC systems and controls, documenting findings.
Work with clients to explain and rectify problems and to update equipment.
Read, update and interpret plans, blueprints and other documentation.