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HVAC Mechanics & Installers

Customer service
Be a people person
HVACR technicians often work in customers’ homes or business offices, so it is important that they be friendly, polite, and punctual. Repair technicians sometimes must deal with unhappy customers whose heating or air conditioning is not working.
Detail oriented
Sweat the small stuff
HVACR technicians must carefully maintain records of all work performed. The records must include the nature of the work performed and the time it took, as well as list specific parts and equipment that were used.
Math skills
Numbers matter
HVACR technicians need to calculate the correct load requirements to ensure that the HVACR equipment properly heats or cools the space required.

Job Description

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

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers typically do the following:

  • Use blueprins to install or repair systems
  • Connect systems to fuel and water supply lines
  • Install electrical wiring and controls
  • Inspect and maintain customers’ systems
  • Test components to determine repairs
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts
  • Determine HVACR systems’ energy use

Heating and air-conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and overall air quality in homes, businesses, and other buildings. By providing a climate controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items.

Although HVACR technicians are trained to install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems, many focus their work on installation, maintenance, or repair. Some technicians specialize in one or more specific aspects of HVACR, such as radiant heating systems, solar panels, testing, and balancing, or commercial refrigeration.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $45,110
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
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Make $49,804
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Make $56,536
The industries that hired the most were:

Plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractors industry

63%

Government industry

20%

Self employed

9%

EDUCATION & TRAINING

TCAT

TN College of Applied Technology - Chattanooga

THE PROGRAM

  • Program Length – 1 year
  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Average Pay – $45,110 / yr
  • Cost – Contact School

The mission of the program is to provide technical instruction and skill development that will enable students to become gainfully employed in the welding field. Highly individualized instruction provides for both classroom instruction and practical work experience using hand tools, fabrication shop equipment and welding equipment. The major emphasis of the program is placed on safety, oxyacetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Welding is a detail oriented technology. Close attention must be made in all areas of welding, cutting, metal preparation, and fabrication.

Class room and shop experiences focus on construction trades, manufacturing, and industrial welding. Students learn about safety, metallurgy, mathematics and print reading.

THE PROGRAM

  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Program Length – 1 Year
  • Average Earnings – $36,570 / yr

Advance, Cleveland State’s block scheduling format, offers working adults a convenient way to obtain a college certificate or degree taking classes with the same core group of students.  Cleveland State is now offering a block schedule for Technical Certificates in Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance and Process Control.  If your time is limited but you are committed to attending college to increase your technical skills, the Advance Technical Certificate Program is for you!

Advantages:

  • Students will be in class with “like-minded” people, who are focused, self-disciplined, and want to earn their certificate.
  • Networking Opportunities—students form strong connections with other working students/professionals.
  • Students know upfront their scheduling for the entire program.

Benefits:

  • Working toward a certificate or degree as a group has been proven to dramatically  improve retention and graduation rates.
  • Faculty are committed to helping students achieve their individual goals.
  • Earning your technical certificate opens doors for promotion within your organization or a new career.
  • The courses in this certificate program will apply to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technology.

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College