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Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers

Also called: HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer); HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning 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.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
  • Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Technical
  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve 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
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$50,590
$31,910
$80,820

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