HVAC 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 $45,910 or $22.07/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $28,440 and $73,350.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)

38,700

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.