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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)
 
   Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (ONET code: 49-9021.02)
 
 
  Occupation Description:
 
  Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
 
 
  Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Braze or solder parts to repair defective joints and leaks.
  • Observe and test system operation, using gauges and instruments.
  • Test lines, components, and connections for leaks.
  • Dismantle malfunctioning systems and test components, using electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic testing equipment.
  • Adjust or replace worn or defective mechanisms and parts and reassemble repaired systems.
  • Read blueprints to determine location, size, capacity, and type of components needed to build refrigeration system.
  • Supervise and instruct assistants.
 
 
  Skills:
 
 
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools..
  • 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..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems..
 
 
  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..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • 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..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services..
 
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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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