Working in the Air Force as a Heating ventilation and air conditioning apprentice is a challenging position. You will work with systems dealing anything from a single room to a heating plant for an entire Air Force base. You will maintain, install, operate, repair and troubleshoot equipment for heating plants, air conditioning and ventilation.
The equipment will operate on coal, gas, oil, or electric sources, and you will work to repair and troubleshoot different systems featured in Air Force and military installations. You will also work on systems employed in military housing facilities found on Air Force Bases. Many large buildings used by the Air Force have boilers, which are used to create steam to heat the entire building. You will work with stoves, heat exchangers, blowers; fans duct work, burners, and furnaces. You will be trained to use and maintain low pressure and high-pressure systems, to operate install and modify different elements of these types of HVAC systems.
Your on the job duties!
You will operate on heating plants, systems and equipment, which maintain and adjust the temperature of a room or of a facility. You will repair and modify refrigeration, air compression, evaporative cooling, and various ventilating equipment. You will work with Aerospace equipment and ground maintenance equipment that deals with HVAC applications.
You can be tasked to repair large cold storage systems, air conditioners, and large application cooling and heating systems. You will be responsible for usage and maintenance of electronic and pneumatic controls, and electric cooling and refrigeration equipment.
Working as an Air Force HVAC specialist brings you into different types of repair experiences. You will work on all the different structures that are present on Air Force Bases, as well as dealing with different types of heating and cooling facilities. Training for the position of Air Force HVAC specialist begins with 9 weeks of Air Force basic training, where you will learn how to become an enlisted Air Force Servicemember. After basic training you will work to attend mechanical and Electrical Technology School, located at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. After individual advanced training, you will work on facilities and be part of a HVAC repair team. Advanced members are responsible for training and assisting junior HVAC repair enlisted personnel.
After leaving the Air Force job you will be able to work in a number of HVAC civilian careers. Your job as a civilian will be given advantage by the fact that you can receive apprenticeship credit while working full time in your Air Force career.