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HVAC Technicians

Characteristics of Successful HVAC Technicians

Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians install, maintain and repair systems that control the air quality in commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Also known as HVAC technicians, these highly-trained professionals must learn how to work with a wide variety of systems. Employment of HVAC techs is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, faster than the national average for all occupations.

Wichita Technical Institute’s HVAC program prepares students to sit for Section 608 Environmental Protection Agency Exam (which you must pass to handle refrigerants), and the Industry Competency Exam Certification. For HVAC technicians, mechanics and installers, it helps to have specific characteristics to help them enjoy their career.

Mechanical Aptitude

It definitely helps to have a curiosity about how things work. HVAC mechanics work on many complicated systems day in and day out. It’s beneficial to have an understanding of components, systems, testers and tools.

Troubleshooting Skills

It is essential that technicians can inspect a system and quickly determine the cause of problems.


Trying to determine a problem can be frustrating, but nothing is impossible. HVAC techs must maintain their composure, and work to find a solution.

Attention to Detail

Little things can have big effects. Whether they work with commercial or residential systems, a professional HVAC technician does the little things right that can mean the difference between doing the job and doing the job well.

Customer Service Skills

Going above and beyond is always appreciated. It builds trust and loyalty. Communicating with customers, taking the time to explain how systems work or what kinds of repairs are needed, help you meet their expectations.

Safe work habits

HVAC technicians work with electricity and water, a dangerous combination. It is essential that technicians learn safety regulations and are diligent in order to prevent accidents.

Do you have what it takes to be an HVAC technician?

If you would like to get HVAC training, we’d love to hear from you. For more information about the HVAC/R program at WTI, please contact us or call 888-885-6661.

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