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Career Details :: Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics
Install, service, and repair heating and air-conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Assembles, positions, and mounts heating or cooling equipment, following blueprints.
- Installs auxiliary components to heating-cooling equipment, such as expansion and discharge valves, air ducts, pipes, blowers, dampers, flues, and stokers, following blueprints.
- Wraps pipes in insulation and secures it in place with cement or wire bands.
- Installs, connects, and adjusts thermostats, humidistats, and timers, using hand tools.
- Studies blueprints to determine configuration of heating or cooling equipment components.
- Reassembles equipment and starts unit to test operation.
- Disassembles system and cleans and oils parts.
- Inspects inoperative equipment to locate source of trouble.
- Tests electrical circuits and components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
- Adjusts system controls to setting recommended by manufacturer to balance system, using hand tools.
- Discusses heating-cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify malfunctions have been corrected.
- Tests pipe or tubing joints and connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.
- Inspects and tests system to verify system compliance with plans and specifications and to detect malfunctions.
- Cuts and drills holes in floors, walls, and roof to install equipment, using power saws and drills.
- Fabricates, assembles, and installs ductwork and chassis parts, using portable metal-working tools and welding equipment.
- Measures, cuts, threads, and bends pipe or tubing, using pipefitter's tools.
- Repairs or replaces defective equipment, components, or wiring.
- Joins pipes or tubing to equipment and to fuel, water, or refrigerant source, to form complete circuit.
- Lays out and connects electrical wiring between controls and equipment according to wiring diagram, using electrician's hand tools.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Repairing & Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Provide a Service to Others