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49-9021.01 - Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers

Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

Sample of reported job titles: A/C Tech (Air Conditioning Technician); HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer); HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic); HVAC Service Tech (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician); HVAC Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Specialist); HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technician); HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician); Service Technician; Systems Mechanic

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Tasks

  • Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • 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. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install, connect, or adjust thermostats, humidistats, or timers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect heating or air conditioning equipment to fuel, water, or refrigerant source to form complete circuit. See more occupations related to this task.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Comply with all applicable standards, policies, or procedures, such as safety procedures or the maintenance of a clean work area. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install auxiliary components to heating or cooling equipment, such as expansion or discharge valves, air ducts, pipes, blowers, dampers, flues, or stokers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to wiring diagrams, using electrician's hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect and test systems to verify system compliance with plans and specifications or to detect and locate malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record and report time, materials, faults, deficiencies, or other unusual occurrences on work orders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install and test automatic, programmable, or wireless thermostats in residential or commercial buildings to minimize energy usage for heating or cooling. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust system controls to settings recommended by manufacturer to balance system. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install dehumidifiers or related equipment for spaces that require cool, dry air to operate efficiently, such as computer rooms. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend, develop, or perform preventive or general maintenance procedures, such as cleaning, power-washing, or vacuuming equipment, oiling parts, or changing filters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install magnetic-centrifugal chillers, compressors, or related equipment to cool air temperatures through the use of recirculating water. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut or drill holes in floors, walls, or roof to install equipment, using power saws or drills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe or tubing, using pipe fitter's tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install or repair air purification systems, such as specialized filters or ultraviolet (UV) light purification systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble, position, and mount heating or cooling equipment, following blueprints or manufacturer's specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate, assemble, or install duct work or chassis parts, using portable metal-working tools or welding equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install radiator controls for room-level zone control heating of residential or commercial buildings. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • 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. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wrap pipes, securing insulation in place with cement or wire bands. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors — Air flow sensors; Air velocity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters — Milliamp/microamp meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anemometers — Hot wire anemometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Awls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blocks or pulleys — Riggings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Acetylene torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — 4-wire resistance sensors; Resistance meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Capacitance meters — Capacitor analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Carbon monoxide analyzer — Carbon monoxide detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Caulking guns — Caulking equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chart recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Circuit analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tracers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Depth indicators — Water level meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic measuring probes — High-voltage probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Explosimeters — Combustion analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors — Venturi meters; Water flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Pitot tubes; Turbine flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Combustible gas leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • GFI circuit testers — Receptacle testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hand hacksaws; Power hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Soft face hammers; Tinners hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Handheld thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat tracing equipment — Infrared thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Hex wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hygrometers — Humidity sensors; Hygrosticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Smoke pens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid leak detectors — Refrigerant leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Megohmmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Duct slicers; Metal snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Autoranging meters; Clamp-on multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters — Milliohm meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil gun — Oil guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe bending tools — Pipe benders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe reamer — Pipe reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Platform lift — Staging equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Portable drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power flaring tool — Flaring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Circular saws; Jig saws; Reciprocating saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Differential pressure detectors; Pneumatic air gauges; Refrigerant pressure meters; Water pressure gauges (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure sensors — Bourdon tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Psychrometers — Wet bulb/dew point meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives — Box cutters; Insulation knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerant compressors — Reclaiming equipment; Refrigerant recovery machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resistance thermometers — Resistance temperature detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Flared tip screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Duct knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sheet metal pliers — Hand seamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Single gas monitors — Carbon dioxide CO2 testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Groove pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Smoke detectors — Smoke detector canisters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Revolutions per minute RPM meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strap wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface thermometers — Non-contact surface temperature heads See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Swaging tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature humidity testers — Temperature/humidity testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermocouples — Bead type thermocouples; Pipe clamp thermocouples See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading dies — Pipe threaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube bending machine — Tubing benders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum cleaners — Duct vacuums See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps — Refrigerant vacuum pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Alternating current AC line splitters; Electrical current meters; Heating ventilation and air-conditioning/refrigeration HVAC/R clamp meters; Voltmeters (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water analyzers — Water testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers — Contaminant content tests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wattmeters — Watt transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks — Welding hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Sheet metal crimpers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer aided design CAD software — HVAC tools software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Customer relationship management CRM software — Contact management systems See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data logging software; Database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Building automation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Atlas Construction Business Forms; Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with customers or users to assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate parts or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair pipes to stop leaking. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document operational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Service heating, ventilation or air-conditioning (HVAC) systems or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect systems to determine if they are operating properly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure distances or dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on issues related to repairs, installation, or equipment design. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install energy-efficient heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 58% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 64% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 59% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 52% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 49% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 69% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 39% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 43% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 58% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 44% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 39% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 54% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 55% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 71% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 33% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 42% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 47% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 32% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 41% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience 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.
Job Training 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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
55   Post-secondary certificate Help
16   Associate's degree
13   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers.
Employment data collected from Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers.
Industry data collected from Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers.

Median wages (2014) $21.46 hourly, $44,630 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 268,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 123,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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