Career Details for Heating & Air Conditioning Mechanics & Installers

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.

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Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • building and construction

Business

  • customer service
  • sales and marketing

Math and Science

  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

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Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Technical

  • 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

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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

Verbal

  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Visual Understanding

  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Self Control

computer TECHNOLOGY

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

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certificate after high school or
associate's degree usually needed

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outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$47,610


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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