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HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING, AND REFRIGERATION MECHANICS AND INSTALLERS
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Occupation Description:
 
  Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.
 
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  Specialized Occupations:
 
 
   Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers (ONET code: 49-9021.01)
 
 
  Occupation Description:
 
  Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.
 
 
  Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Install and test automatic, programmable, or wireless thermostats in residential or commercial buildings to minimize energy usage for heating or cooling.
  • Install dehumidifiers or related equipment for spaces that require cool, dry air to operate efficiently, such as computer rooms.
  • Install magnetic-centrifugal chillers, compressors, or related equipment to cool air temperatures through the use of recirculating water.
  • Install or repair air purification systems, such as specialized filters or ultraviolet (UV) light purification systems.
  • Install or repair self-contained ground source heat pumps or hybrid ground or air source heat pumps to minimize carbon-based energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Install radiator controls for room-level zone control heating of residential or commercial buildings.
  • 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.
 
 
  Skills:
 
 
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it..
  • 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..
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
 
 
  Knowledge:
 
 
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads..
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes..
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
 
  * Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (ONET code: 49-9021.02)
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Post secondary vocational training
 
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License Authority for Heating, Piping and Cooling Journeyperson:  (License details)
 
  Department of Consumer Protection
Occupational & Professional Licensing
165 Capitol Avenue
Room #110
Hartford, CT   006106 -01630
(860) 713-6135
email: dcp.licenseservices@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dcp/opld

 
License Authority for Heating, Piping and Cooling Contractor:  (License details)
 
  Department of Consumer Protection
Occupational & Professional Licensing
165 Capitol Avenue
Room #110
Hartford, CT   006106 -01630
(860) 713-6135
email: dcp.licenseservices@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dcp/opld

 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $64,084.00 $30.81 $31.89 $19.53 - $37.90
Bridgeport/Stamford $71,485.00 $34.37 $35.70 $22.23 - $41.82
Danbury $59,862.00 $28.78 $29.06 $18.20 - $35.74
Hartford $63,665.00 $30.61 $31.18 $19.34 - $37.49
New Haven $63,675.00 $30.62 $31.32 $17.95 - $37.36
New London/Norwich $58,717.00 $28.22 $27.75 $18.07 - $31.84
Waterbury $60,445.00 $29.06 $31.08 $20.47 - $32.71
Torrington $61,171.00 $29.41 $29.35 $19.70 - $34.98
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 4,450 4,780 0.7% 469
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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