HVAC mechanics perform a variety of jobs within the HVAC field which encompass a broad range of disciplines and skills. In addition to aiding the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems HVAC mechanics also play an important role in temperature and air control. Unlike HVAC technicians, who are typically licensed professionals with a college education, HVAC mechanics are typically professionals who have completed a HVAC technician program and are working towards certification while obtaining work experience along the way. Mechanics perform most of the duties which technicians are generally responsible for but typically are still in the process of pursuing either certification or licensure within a specialty field. It is essential for those seeking to become HVAC mechanics to have extensive knowledge in the areas of electricity, circuitry, mechanics, physics, and record keeping.
HVAC Mechanic License and Certification
Prior to working as HVAC mechanics professionals must meet other requirements. HVAC mechanics must obtain EPA Section 608 Technician Certification. This certification is offered in the forms of Type I, II, III or Universal which span from small appliances of 5lbs of less of refrigerant up to certification which encompasses appliances of varying pressures and refrigerant content. In addition, although most states do not require HVAC mechanics to obtain licensure in any form it is critical for professionals to check with both the state level and local level requirements on licensing for their state prior to taking on work in the field. For states which require HVAC mechanics to become licensed it is usually required for professionals to obtain a specialty certification which can be obtained through North American Technician Excellence, HVAC Excellence, or the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association.
HVAC Mechanic Training and Education
Since HVAC mechanics are generally pursuing licensure and certification they often only have either a high school diploma, GED, an associate of science or some form of technical training. Most entry HVAC mechanics have already taken courses which have covered the basics of necessary workplace skills and are expected to be able to perform necessary math and science when needed. In lieu of a four year degree, HVAC mechanics take part in either trade school or an apprenticeship to gain necessary work experience for the field prior to continuing on to high roles. Although it is uncommon for most HVAC mechanics to obtain a bachelor’s degree those who wish to work within engineering, construction or contracting may need to attend college for at least four years within the future prior to sitting for specialty exams.
HVAC Mechanic Salary
HVAC mechanics earn an average annual salary of over $49,500 per year, however this salary is usually obtained after working at least 5 years within the field. States which pay the highest rates for HVAC mechanic salaries include New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Maryland.