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What skills do you think are the most important for someone interested in this job?


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Danielle’s Answer


Here is an example of a job description at my institution. Hope it helps.

The primary purpose of the HVAC Mechanic position is to maintain heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) systems. This position impacts the HVAC/R systems through maintenance and service.

Installs, maintains and repairs HVAC systems. Makes initial settings and final adjustments of commercial HVAC systems and modifies existing installations to obtain required results. Monitors and troubleshoots HVAC issues through BAS systems and/or other diagnostic tools. Follows schedule of preventive maintenance and makes recommendations regarding major overhaul of systems. Investigates outages. May order materials and maintain inventory.

Ability to Apply Craft Skills Knowledge Monitors and troubleshoots HVAC issues through BAS systems and/or other diagnostic tools. Follows schedule of preventive maintenance and makes recommendations regarding major overhaul of systems. Investigates outages. Inspects jobs on completion for compliance to work requests, job requirements, specifications, and applicable codes.

1. Maintain, Repair, Troubleshoot 1. Installs, repairs, and maintains HVAC equipment.

2. Serves as an HVAC/R member of the PM team.

3. Installs, repairs, and maintains refrigeration equipment.

4. Completes all required paperwork – timesheets, activity logs, etc.

5. Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of the job.

6. Understands the use of all hand and shop tools of the trade.

7. Requisitions materials and maintain inventory.


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Art’s Answer

The most important skill a residential hvac technician must possess is verbal communication skills. I would much rather hire a great communicator and teach the technical than a great technician and try to teach communication.

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Rakesh’s Answer

Depends upon the job. Becoming a pilot needs completely different set of skills than a painter.

This student is asking about skills for an HVAC position. Any insights on that would be super helpful Gurpreet Lally

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