HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING MECHANICS AND INSTALLERS


DESCRIPTION

Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • 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. 
  • Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions. 
  • Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Multimeters — Autoranging meters; Clamp-on multimeters 
  • Power saws — Circular saws; Jig saws; Reciprocating saws 
  • Pressure indicators — Differential pressure detectors; Pneumatic air gauges; Refrigerant pressure meters; Water pressure gauges 
  • Screwdrivers — Flared tip screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers 
  • Voltage or current meters — Alternating current AC line splitters; Electrical current meters; Heating ventilation and air-conditioning/refrigeration HVAC/R clamp meters; Voltmeters

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $40,750 or $19.59/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $27,170 and $62,370.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2024)

1,610

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★★ Extreme

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 55% had a post-secondary certificate. Most occupations in this field require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.