Heating, AC &
Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
What Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Do
air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers—often called heating, ventilation, air
conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR)
technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and
refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in
buildings. HVACR technicians work mostly in homes, schools, hospitals, office
buildings, or factories. Working in cramped spaces and during irregular hours
How to Become a Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer
Because HVACR systems have
become increasingly complex, employers generally prefer applicants with
postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship.
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $45,110 in May 2015. Employment is projected to grow 14 percent by 2024, much faster than the average.