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Building & Construction Industry Cluster:
Heating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers
Fast Facts: *
Average Annual Wages $40,080
Entry Level Wages $26,210
Experienced Level Wages
Est. Number Employed 2002 12,950
Proj. Number Employed 2012 14,850
Percent Change 2002 - 2012 14.7%
Annual Openings  360
Employers prefer to hire those with technical school or apprenticeship training.  However, a sizable number still learn the trade informally, on the job.
Related Occupations:
Home Appliance Repairer
Top Employing Industries:
Building Equipment Contractors
Colleges & Universities
Direct Selling Establishments
Knowledge Required:
Customer & Personal Service
Engineering & Technology
English Language
Skills Required:
Active Listening
Critical Thinking
Equipment Maintenance
Occupational Overview:
Heating, air-conditioning & refrigeration mechanics & installers install and repair heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
This occupation is employed in several Pennsylvania industries, and has been identified as high priority in the Building & Construction targeted industry cluster.
Nature of the Work:
Heating, air-conditioning & refrigeration mechanics & installers, also called technicians, install, maintain, and repair systems that control the temperature, humidity, and air quality in buildings as well as systems that make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items.
Although trained to do both, technicians often specialize in either installation or maintenance. Some specialize in one type of equipment. Those working for smaller operations tend to do installation and service work on heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment.
Furnace installers, also called heating equipment technicians, install heating systems. They also perform routine maintenance work to keep the system operating efficiently.
Air-conditioning technicians and refrigeration technicians install and service central air-conditioning systems and a variety of refrigeration equipment respectively. Technicians test parts such as compressors, relays, and thermostats to diagnose problems and make repairs.
Heating, air-conditioning & refrigeration mechanics & installers are adept at using a variety of tools.  They must use care to conserve, recover, and recycle chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), which contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer.
Training Providers:
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Additional Information:
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International
National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors
North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society

* Based on Statewide, cross-industry data
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