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Career Connections: HVAC Lab Technician

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(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Title: HVAC Lab Technician.

My name's Cameron Immel. I'm an associate HVAC technician at Emerson in Sidney, Ohio. HVAC stands for... As an HVAC lab technician at Emerson, I'm responsible for setting up compressors, testing, and evaluating performance data. Manufacturing will send a compressor to the lab to get performance tested. The engineers write a document saying what tests are needed and what data needs to be acquired. I'll go to the computer, print some forms, run the test, and then send the data to the engineers. In the lab, we always wear leather constructed shoes, safety glasses, and arc flash rated clothing just in case a power source should arc across the breaker.

(Describer) He lights a blow torch.

We do brazing and soldering, tube fitting, tube bending. We do a lot with recovery machines, vacuum pumps, charging cylinders. I work on a calorimeter. A calorimeter is a piece of equipment that helps to simulate ambient conditions. We're looking at how different models of compressors work outside of the lab in a real world setting. When we test compressors, we're looking at energy efficiency ratings, pressures, power intake, cooling capacity, and motor thermocouple temperatures. Testing will take one to two hours. Some are eight hours. We can spend several days on a single test, and shifts will turn over. When we receive a compressor, we'll install thermocouples on the shell of the compressor. We'll then create a folder with the required testing on it,

(Describer) ...on a computer.

send it to the room, set the folder up, and install the compressor on the facility. After I get a room up and running, I'll check other rooms that are running or set up future compressors for the next technician on the shift. I work on second shift, and strong communication skills are required for this job, especially being on second shift. You have to know what needs to be done with the room. You'll have to set up the cold level start pumps and then continue on with that after this. There's a 30-minute layover time between shifts. That gives us 30 minutes to turn over the rooms. Consider it done. An HVAC technician might be responsible for installing or removing compressors in the field, doing repairs. Troubleshooting is another skill you have to have to be successful in the HVAC field. When components fail, you have to know the source of the problem to get the equipment up and running. I grew up in Sidney, Ohio. As a child, me and my father built model cars. My dad drove motorcycles, so we worked on motorcycles and fixed antique mopeds. It's fun to figure out how things work, and when you fix something, I've always got a feeling of reward. My two favorite classes in high school were art and math. In high school, I played varsity baseball. That taught me about teamwork. The team-building skills I learned on the baseball team are something I use every day. After high school, I went to University of Northwestern in Lima, Ohio for their HVAC technician program. I have an Associate of Applied Science, but you don't need a two-year degree. A few friends went to vocational high schools and got training and certifications in heating and air, but having a two-year degree helps with employment advancement and specialized training. One perk at Emerson is they provide tuition reimbursement, and I'm going to school to get a bachelor's degree in electromechanical engineering. After I get my bachelor's degree, I'll be the one crunching numbers and writing documents for the technician to test. I like my job because I never do the same thing twice. Some days can be hectic, but I come in every day with challenges waiting for me. If you're looking for something challenging, I would say HVAC would be the career for you because the HVAC industry is always changing, and technicians are always adapting to new technologies. I take pride in the work that I do. As a HVAC lab technician, I'm one piece to a big puzzle. Because Emerson's a global company, the work we do impacts families everywhere all around the world.

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Step into the world of a lab technician at a leading climate technology company and see how his day-to-day work with compressors impacts the lives of families all around the world. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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