MD: Tips for ensuring that you compile an outstanding HVAC technician resume.
Have you decided that you’d like to work as an HVAC technician, but seem to be struggling to secure a job in this highly lucrative industry – despite having the relevant certifications and after serving the required apprenticeship? If so, it may not be your certifications that are the problem, but rather your resume.
When perusing resumes to fill vacant positions for HVAC technicians, Human Resources managers, and other interviewers will look for specific aspects of the resumes they receive. These can include anything from specific locations of applicants, particular certifications, years of experience, etc., and any resumes not containing these aspects will usually not pass the initial screening process.
Job Outlook for HVAC Technicians
Between now and 2026, the amount of available positions for HVAC technicians is expected to grow by as much as 15% – making it one of the fastest-growing industries at the moment. According to information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the most available opportunities for employment as an HVAC technician can be found in the following areas:
- California – Los Angeles
- New York – New York City
- Texas – Houston
- Arizona – Phoenix
- Washington D.C
As an accredited HVAC technician, you can expect to earn anywhere from around $30,000 per year to as much as $80,000 per year in a more senior or experienced position.
Compiling your Resume
When compiling your resume, it’s not only crucial to ensure that all of your basic information is as easy as possible to read; you must also ensure that you’ve double- and triple-checked everything to ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors anywhere on this document – many HR managers and interviewers won’t even consider a resume that is littered with errors of this nature.
Refrain from using fancy fonts and unnecessary colors when compiling your resume, and ensure that you don’t place a frame around the written content because a lot of resume scanning software is not able to navigate past this – which will cause your application for a position to be discarded.
Below is a basic example of how your resume should look when applying for a position as an HVAC technician. Please note that names, addresses, and contact information in this example are purely fictional:
1513 Third Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 87103
Certified HVAC/R Technician
I am an extensively skilled and certified technician who is highly safety conscious, and I possess the technical acumen and experience required to prioritize large workloads in residential and commercial environments.
Key Areas of Expertise
- Interpreting blueprints
- Installing various types of HVAC equipment
- Troubleshooting and diagnosing problems
- Performing mechanical and electrical repairs
- Performing preventative maintenance
- Fabrication and welding
- Project management
- Adhering to all required safety and compliance regulations
- Providing superb customer service
1. HVAC/R Technician at Smith HVAC Services, Cleveland Ohio
10/2010 to present
Working as senior HVAC/R technician and overseeing installation and maintenance of air conditioning, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and steam distribution equipment in commercial properties.
- Interpreting blueprints
- Installing evaporators, compressors, motors, piping and ducts, along with the required mechanical and electrical controls
- Performing corrective and preventative maintenance on pumps, bearings, polyphase motors, shaft alignments and fans
- Accurately documenting all maintenance and repair work and managing equipment records
- Troubleshooting and diagnosing equipment breakdowns by using appropriate testing and measuring equipment
- Repairing malfunctioning HVAC systems and related components
- Providing excellent client service as main point of contact for project queries and achieved 100% quality service rating in customer surveys
- Regularly worked during holidays and weekends to ensure total customer satisfaction
2. HVAC/R Service Technician at ACME HVAC Services, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
5/2007 to 9/2010
Repaired, maintained, and installed split systems, rooftop units, VAV boxes, central plants, controls, boilers, pneumatics, and various other types of equipment.
- Tested, diagnosed and repaired systems by identifying malfunctions and replacing required components and parts
- Interpreted specifications, diagrams, blueprints, technical drawings and schematics
- Participated in several professional development activities to improve repair and service capabilities and keep industry knowledge updated
- Demonstrated above average time management skills, successfully prioritized and organized high work order volumes to ensure that exceptional customer service was provided
3. HVAC Installer at ABC HVAC Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
10/2004 to 4/2007
Performed several residential and light commercial HVAC-related projects, installed forced air equipment, boilers, ductwork, and gas piping.
- Assessed and determined client service requirements and repaired and installed relevant components
- Traveled extensively to ensure that new and existing clients were provided with prompt and professional service
- Maintained professional client relationships and communicated complex information to ensure they were kept up to date on project statuses
- Achieved exceptionally high ratio of client satisfaction and lowest repeat service call rate for initial installation projects
4. Facilities Maintenance Technician at PM Property Management, Cleveland, Ohio
2/2001 to 9/2004
Worked as a member of a team that repaired and maintained plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems on residential and light commercial properties.
- Worked closely with various licensed contractors with regards to having installation and repair services performed at various properties
- Received recognition for exceptional efficiency in troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and carrying out preventative maintenance on facility and building HVAC systems
Certifications and Education
- Green HVAC/R Certified
- EPA Certified
- HVAC Controls and Air Distribution
- Refrigerant Disposal and Recycling
- Troubleshooting Electrical Control Circuits
- Boiler Operation, Maintenance and Safety
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration with Principles of Heating Applications
When applying for a specific job as an HVAC technician, it’s also recommended that you only include the specific qualifications and/or experience that are being requested in the advert. This will help ensure that you stand a far higher chance of being hired to fill the position.
Before sending your resume off to apply for any positions, it’s strongly recommended that you have at least two other people read it thoroughly. This is an excellent way to check for any spelling or grammatical errors that you may have missed while compiling it.
After securing any interviews, ensure that you do everything possible to arrive on time and dress accordingly as well.