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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Quick Facts : Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers*
2010 Median Pay$42,530
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012267,800
Job Outlook34% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change90,300


Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installer's often referred to as HVACR technician's work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality in many types of buildings. By providing a climate controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items.

What Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Do

  • Travel to worksites
  • Follow blueprints or other design specifications to install or repair HVACR systems
  • Connect systems to fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components
  • Test individual components to determine necessary repairs
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts

Work Environment

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers mostly work in residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. Their worksites may be very hot or cold because the heating and cooling system they must repair is broken. Working in cramped spaces is common. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to grow 34 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The median annual wage of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $42,530 in May 2010.
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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

42530

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers*
Percent Change in Employment

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

33.7192

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

A growing number of HVACR technicians receive training from technical and trade schools or community colleges that offer programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. These programs generally last 6 months to 2 years and can lead to a certificate or an associate's degree.
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