Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

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What do they do?

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

Also known as:

A/C Tech (Air Conditioning Technician), HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer), HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic), HVAC Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Specialist), Refrigeration Mechanic, Refrigeration Operator, Refrigeration Technician (Refrigeration Tech), Service Technician (Service Tech), Systems Mechanic, Transportation Refrigeration Technician (Transportation Refrigeration Tech)

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #40 in job growth rate
  • 1,600

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (4.8%)
  • Associate's degree (14.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (29.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (40.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (10.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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 that there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Service heating, ventilation or air-conditioning (HVAC) systems or components.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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