Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer

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Most Common Education Levels

** This graph is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and offers a snapshot (based on a statistical sample) of the actual education and training levels of those persons who are currently working in this career. It does not necessarily reflect the education or training that an employer may require of a new hire. **

Current Entry Requirements

To work as a heating and cooling system mechanic, you typically need to: have a high school diploma or GED; and complete a formal training program and long-term on-the-job training or complete an apprenticeship program. Many heating and cooling system mechanics complete a formal training program in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology.

Professional-technical schools or two-year colleges offer these programs. They grant a certificate or associate degree. In these programs you learn to read schematic drawings, analyze problems, and follow safety procedures. You also learn to determine whether to replace or repair parts. Some heating and cooling system mechanics go through apprenticeship training.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

14% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $35,440 - $58,960

Hourly: $17 - $28