Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Air and Hydronic Balancing Technician
  • Air Conditioner or Furnace Gas Appliance Mechanic
  • Air Conditioning Service Technician
  • Air Conditioning Specialist
  • Air Conditioning Technician (AC Tech)
  • Attic Fans Mechanic
  • Baseboard Heating Installer
  • Blower Installer
  • Blower Mechanic
  • Duct Cleaner

What They Do

  • 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.
  • Install radiator controls for room-level zone control heating of residential or commercial buildings.
  • 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.
  • Install or repair air purification systems, such as specialized filters or ultraviolet (UV) light purification systems.
  • Install magnetic-centrifugal chillers, compressors, or related equipment to cool air temperatures through the use of recirculating water.
  • Install and test automatic, programmable, or wireless thermostats in residential or commercial buildings to minimize energy usage for heating or cooling.
  • Install dehumidifiers or related equipment for spaces that require cool, dry air to operate efficiently, such as computer rooms.
  • Wrap pipes in insulation, securing it in place with cement or wire bands.
  • Assist with other work in coordination with repair and maintenance teams.
  • Generate work orders that address deficiencies in need of correction.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 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.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $54,030 with most people making between $34,160 and $75,260

Outlook

1.50%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 10,650 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 12,200 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 160 openings due to growth and about 170 replacement openings for approximately 330 total annual openings.