Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers

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

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Damage Controlman; Machinery Technician; Marine Safety Specialist Engineer; Material Maintenance Specialty; Naval Engineering Specialty
Cryogenics Equipment Operator; Mobile Facility Technician; Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician; Support Equipment Electrician/Refrigeration and Engine/Gas Turbine Technician; Utilities Chief; Utilities Officer
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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.


Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • building and construction


  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


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


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


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Facilities management software

  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • ManagerPlus


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

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