HVAC Technicians install, service, and repair commercial solar thermal systems. They also manage whole-building systems, which is key to the future of residential solar energy.
Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Technicians have long played a key role in solar thermal installations by inspecting and repairing equipment; installing and adjusting thermostats, humidistats, and timers of solar thermal systems; and testing solar thermal system pipes or tubing joints for leaks. HVAC Techs are critical managers of whole-building systems in which both solar thermal and solar PV can play a major part. Their skills in electronic monitoring and systems control align with residential and commercial solar performance management. HVAC Techs are managing integrated data acquisition for residential buildings and controlling home energy systems through electronic instrumentation. Information on other HVAC careers and occupations can be found on the IREC HVAC Career Map.