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Heating, AC & Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
What Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Do

Heating, 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 is common.
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.

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