Qualifications for HVAC/R Service Technician

This job involves troubleshooting, diagnosing, repair, installation, servicing and maintenance of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and systems found in commercial buildings, hospitals, supermarkets, industrial and manufacturing plants. This job requires climbing, bending, stooping, crawling, kneeling, lifting and working in extreme temperature ranges. You may be required to work in high or enclosed spaces, and outside in various weather conditions. Service technicians drive a company supplied vehicle, use tools that are provided by the contractor and may be required to be on call for after work hours and weekend service calls. This job requires good communication skills, a neat appearance and a clean driving record.

Service technicians must have a good understanding of electricity, science, refrigeration, heat transfer, and temperature control. Applicants must successfully complete a two-year day school course in residential and commercial HVAC/R service prior to applying for the service apprenticeship program.

Qualifications
* Must be 18 years of age or older
* Must have a valid driver's license
* You need to bring a photo copy of your U.S. State Issued High School Diploma or State Issued GED.  The GED must have been obtained through an approved GED Testing Center recognized by the GED Testing Service.  Transcripts for both the high school diploma and GED are acceptable.  Copies of diplomas, course completion certificates, or transcripts of course credits for GED, High School, or Technical College must be attached to the application.  Proper documentation must be attached for applicant's educational background to be considered.
* If requested, the applicant shall furnish the committee with a written statement from a medical doctor that he/she has had a physical examination in connection with the application, and are physically fit to perform the work of a pipefitter
* Must have completed a two-year Technical College day school course in residential and commercial HVAC/R service
* Written notices will be furnished to applicants who are found not to meet the basic requirements

Apprenticeship Program
The apprenticeship program is 8,750 hours of on the job training and a minimum of 1080 hours of related classroom training in a five-year period. One year of credit towards the apprenticeship is granted for the completion of the two years of Technical College in HVAC.

The program is a total of four (4) years. An apprentice shall attend school in the evening, typically two (2) nights a week, between the months of September and April. He/she must pass all courses with a minimum score of seventy percent (70%) to advance to the next year in the program. Tuition for school is $540.00 per year plus books.

All jobs or referrals are done through Local 539. If you are unemployed, the local union will find you another job.

Tools needed
Tool are provided by the contractor

Transportation Requirements
The contractor provides a service vehicle. A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required. A clean driving record means that you have not had a DUI in the last 5 years or any other driving violations which would prevent a contractor's insurance carrier from providing normal insurance coverage for you to drive their company vehicle.

Hours
Forty (40) hours per week: eight (8) hours daily between 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM

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