HVAC Mechanics and Installers

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

HVAC Mechanics and Installers

Average Hourly Earnings



Post-secondary non-degree award


  • Use blueprints or design specifications to install or repair HVACR systems
  • Connect systems to fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components
  • Install electrical wiring and controls and test for proper operation
  • Inspect and maintain customers' HVACR systems
  • Test individual components to determine necessary repairs
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts
  • Determine HVACR systems' energy use and make recommendations to improve efficiency
  • Travel to worksites

Work Environment

Work is usually indoors; however, some may have to work on outdoor heat pumps, even in bad weather. HVACR technicians often work in awkward or cramped spaces and sometimes work in buildings that have broken air conditioning or heating systems. Potential job hazards include electrical shock, burns, muscle strains, and other injuries from handling heavy equipment. The majority of HVACR technicians work full time, with occasional evening or weekend shifts. During peak heating and cooling seasons, they often work overtime or irregular hours.

Key Traits

Realistic. Often involves work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. Usually includes working with actual materials – many times in an outdoor setting.