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Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers

Also called: HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic); Refrigeration Mechanic; Refrigeration Technician (Refrigeration Tech); Service Technician (Service Tech)

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What they do:
Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.
On the job, you would:
  • Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
  • Comply with all applicable standards, policies, or procedures, such as safety procedures or the maintenance of a clean work area.
  • Study blueprints, design specifications, or manufacturers' recommendations to ascertain the configuration of heating or cooling equipment components and to ensure the proper installation of components.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • IBM Notes Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Exchange Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • ManagerPlus

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$48,630
$34,320
$78,210
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