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What Is a Commercial Hvac Service Technician and How to Become One

Commercial Hvac Service Technician

What Is a Commercial HVAC Service Technician?

A commercial HVAC service technician repairs and maintains heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, which the industry refers to as HVAC. As a commercial HVAC technician, you specialize in large HVAC systems used for businesses, schools, medical facilities, manufacturing plants, and factories rather than on the smaller, often less complicated, residential HVAC systems. Your job duties include servicing products, diagnosing problems, performing repairs, and installing new systems according to blueprints and wiring plans.

How to Become a Commercial HVAC Service Technician

The qualifications to become a commercial HVAC service technician are a high school diploma or GED certificate followed by completion of a certificate program, an associate degree program, or apprenticeship in HVAC technology. In some states, you need a license to work as an HVAC technician. You must have certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with certain types of refrigerants. Since your responsibilities as a commercial HVAC technician involve the installation and maintenance of larger, more complex HVAC equipment, many employers require you to have a few years of experience in the industry, including skills with direct digital control (DDC) systems.