What does an HVACR technician do?

HVACR technicians maintain and install heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in residential and commercial buildings.

HVACR technicians’ tasks vary based on specialty, but primarily include service and installation in a variety of environments such as homes, schools, factories, refrigerated warehouses and hospitals. Other responsibilities include preventative maintenance, equipment tune-up and troubleshooting and repairs of air conditioning and heating systems.

Where Do HVACR Technicians Work?

HVACR technicians often work for construction contractors (64%), although around 9% of HVACR technicians are self-employed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Currently a rise in commercial and residential building construction is expected to increase the need for HVACR technicians. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of HVACR technicians is protected to grow six percent from 2022 to 2032. This is faster than average for all occupations.72

What are an HVACR Technician’s Skills?

A career as an HVACR technician requires hands-on work and problem solving skills. Often jobs will require physical strength, stamina and a comprehension of the mechanical systems function and design. HVACR technicians must work with people to help communicate problems and solutions. Good customer service is an essential tool for HVACR technicians. A quality program like MIAT College of Technology will teach customer relations as well as mechanical troubleshooting.*

If you are interested in a career that offers hands-on problem solving, people skills and technical knowledge, then a career in HVACR could be a perfect match. HVACR employees often are rewarded for being able to effectively master all of the aspects of this challenging career.

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72The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that total national employment for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers will be 438,000 by 2032. See Table 1.2 Employment by detailed occupation, 2022 and projected 2032, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed November 16, 2023. UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.