Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers


Also called : A/C Tech (Air Conditioning Technician); HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer); HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic); HVAC Specialist (Heating, V

What they do


Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Computers and Electronics
      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    SKILLS


    • Troubleshooting
      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    • Equipment Maintenance
      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    • Repairing
      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Operations Monitoring
      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Installation
      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

    ABILITIES


    • Problem Sensitivity
      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Near Vision
      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Visualization
      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness
      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity
      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Independence
      Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Computer aided design CAD software

    • Customer relationship management CRM software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Document management software

    • Electronic mail software

    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

    • Facilities management software

    • Graphics or photo imaging software

    • Industrial control software

    • Internet browser software

    • Office suite software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Medium Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

    • Experience

      Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

    • Jobtraining

      Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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