Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Mechanics and Installer
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) mechanics and installers work on the systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings like homes and businesses. Their work is important for comfort level and because climate-controlled environments and refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine and other perishable items. Some technicians may undergo additional training (formal or on-the-job) to specialize in specific HVACR systems or products like commercial refrigeration, solar panels or radiant heating.
HVACR mechanics and installers handle a variety of job duties:
Use blueprints or design specifications to install or repair HVACR systems.
Connect systems to fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components.
Install electrical wiring and controls and test for proper operation.
Inspect and maintain customers’ HVACR systems.
Test individual components to determine necessary repairs.
Repair or replace worn or defective parts.
Determine HVACR systems’ energy use and make recommendations to improve their efficiency.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and postsecondary nondegree award (certificate)
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (14 percent projected growth)*
Long-term on-the-job training
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