Heating & A/C Mechanics and Installers

Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 13,340
Employment Projected: 14,860
Percentage Change: 11.4%

Education/Training

Training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • A/C Tech (Air Conditioning Technician)
  • HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer)
  • HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic)
  • HVAC Service Tech (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician)
  • HVAC Service Technician (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician)
  • HVAC Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Specialist)
  • HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technician)
  • HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician)
  • Service Technician
  • Systems Mechanic

Duties

  • Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
  • Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.
  • Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants. Green Task Statement

Skills

  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $32,510
Average: $49,650
Experienced: $58,220