Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer

A/C Tech (Air Conditioning Technician), Air and Hydronic Balancing Technician   More Names
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Description

Heating and air conditioning mechanics and installers, often referred to as HVAC technicians, install, maintain, and repair heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. HVAC systems vary among buildings, but all are composed of many mechanical, electrical, and electronic components, such as motors, fans, and pumps. Following construction drawings, technicians install heating and air-conditioning systems by putting in fuel and water supply lines, air ducts and vents, pumps, and other components.

They may connect electrical wiring to controls and check the unit to confirm that it works properly. A good HVAC system is one of the most important contributors to a building's healthy indoor air environment. Built-up water in HVAC systems can be a fertile breeding ground for airborne contaminants, such as mold, that may spread through the building. Skilled HVAC installers can prevent this from happening by properly installing and maintaining the ventilation system.

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Percent Job Growth:  
14% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $35,440 - $58,960    Hourly: $17 - $28
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HVAC technicians mostly work in residential homes, schools, stores, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. Some technicians are assigned to specific job sites at the beginning of each day. Others travel to several different locations making service calls. Technicians generally work indoors, but some may have to work on outdoor heat pumps, for example, even in bad weather.

They often work in awkward or cramped spaces, and some work in buildings that are uncomfortable because the air conditioning or heating system is broken.

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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