Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.
Common job titles of Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
54.5% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
15.7% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Comply with all applicable standards, policies, or procedures, such as safety procedures or the maintenance of a clean work area.
Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
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.
Install, connect, or adjust thermostats, humidistats, or timers.
Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.
Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
Install auxiliary components to heating or cooling equipment, such as expansion or discharge valves, air ducts, pipes, blowers, dampers, flues, or stokers.
Recommend, develop, or perform preventive or general maintenance procedures, such as cleaning, power-washing, or vacuuming equipment, oiling parts, or changing filters.
Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to wiring diagrams, using electrician's hand tools.
Inspect and test systems to verify system compliance with plans and specifications or to detect and locate malfunctions.
Record and report time, materials, faults, deficiencies, or other unusual occurrences on work orders.
Install and test automatic, programmable, or wireless thermostats in residential or commercial buildings to minimize energy usage for heating or cooling.
Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.
Wrap pipes, securing insulation in place with cement or wire bands.
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.
Connect heating or air conditioning equipment to fuel, water, or refrigerant source to form complete circuit.
Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe or tubing, using pipe fitter's tools.
Assemble, position, and mount heating or cooling equipment, following blueprints or manufacturer's specifications.
Adjust system controls to settings recommended by manufacturer to balance system.
Install radiator controls for room-level zone control heating of residential or commercial buildings.
Install or repair self-contained ground source heat pumps or hybrid ground or air source heat pumps to minimize carbon-based energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions.
Install or repair air purification systems, such as specialized filters or ultraviolet (UV) light purification systems.
Install magnetic-centrifugal chillers, compressors, or related equipment to cool air temperatures through the use of recirculating water.
Install dehumidifiers or related equipment for spaces that require cool, dry air to operate efficiently, such as computer rooms.
Fabricate, assemble, or install duct work or chassis parts, using portable metal-working tools or welding equipment.
Cut or drill holes in floors, walls, or roof to install equipment, using power saws or drills.
Wet bulb/dew point meters
Water testersAll Tools
Water pressure gauges
Water level meters
Water flow meters
Two way radios
Turbine flow meters
Soft face hammers
Smoke detector canisters
Side cutting pliers
Sheet metal crimpers
Revolutions per minute RPM meters
Resistance temperature detectors
Refrigerant vacuum pumps
Refrigerant recovery machines
Refrigerant pressure meters
Refrigerant leak detectors
Pneumatic air gauges
Pipe clamp thermocouples
Phillips head screwdrivers
Non-contact voltage detectors
Non-contact surface temperature heads
Magnetic pickup tools
Long nose pliers
Hot wire anemometers
Heating ventilation and air-conditioning/refrigeration HVAC/R clamp meters
Flared tip screwdrivers
Electrical current meters
Duplex pressure gauges
Differential pressure detectors
Diagonal cutting pliers
Contaminant content tests
Combustible gas leak detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon dioxide CO2 testers
Bead type thermocouples
Alternating current AC line splitters
Air velocity meters
Air flow sensors
4-wire resistance sensors
Computer aided design CAD software
HVAC tools software
IBM Maximo Asset Management
Alerton Ascent Compass
Atlas Construction Business Forms
Building automation softwareAll Technologies
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
Contact management systems
Delta Controls inteliWEB
Internet browser software
Johnson Controls Metasys
Siemens APOGEE Building Automation Software
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
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.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.