HVAC Mechanic and Installer
HVAC mechanics install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments. Some of their specific duties include*:
- Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.
- Join pipes or tubing to equipment and to fuel, water, or refrigerant source to form complete circuit.
- Reassemble and test equipment following repairs.
- Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
- Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to wiring diagrams, using electrician's hand tools.
- Obtain and maintain required certifications.
- Install, connect, and adjust thermostats, humidistats, and timers, using hand tools.
- Comply with all applicable standards, policies, and procedures, including safety procedures and the maintenance of a clean work area
- Inspect and test systems to verify system compliance with plans and specifications or to detect and locate malfunctions.
It is expected that there will be 123,700 HVAC mechanic job openings through 2022.1
Education and Training
78% of HVAC mechanics have some college education.1 Learn more about HVAC training at Charter College
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers. Retrieved 5/15/15, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9021.01