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Heating & Air Conditioning Mechanics & Installers

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

What they do:
Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.
On the job, you would:
  • Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.


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


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


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
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • Delta Controls inteliWEB
  • Honeywell WEBs-N4
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • Cworks CMMS
Word processing software
  • Atlas Construction Business Forms
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
associate's degree
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Air and Hydronic Balancing Technician
  • Furnace Installer
  • Furnace Installer-and-Repairer, Hot Air
  • Heating-and-Air-Conditioning Installer-Servicer
  • Oil-Burner-Servicer-and-Installer

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Green Green jobs will change the work and skills needed.

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