Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments, or industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
Sample of reported job titles: Service Technician, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician (HVAC) Service Technician, HVAC Technician, HVAC Installer, HVAC Specialist, HVAC Technician, Air Conditioning Technician (AC Tech), HVAC Mechanic, HVAC Installer, Mechanic.
New Hampshire Outlook
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Education and Training
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers learn the trade through an apprenticeship, more than one year of on-the-job training, or through a postsecondary education program. Some community colleges offer an Associate's degree in HVACR mechanics and installation. There are several professional associations that offer apprenticeship or educational opportunities for HVACR technicians.
In New Hampshire, there is no professional license required for HVACR technicians. If technicians are installing, servicing, or repairing residential or non-residential heating equipment systems, water heating systems, or other appliances using heating oil there is a voluntary license available through the Bureau of Building Safety and Construction in the Department of Safety. Certifications must be obtained through the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) or North American Technician Excellence (NATE).
Interests (Holland Code): RCI
Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers mostly work in residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. Their worksites may be very hot or cold because the heating and cooling system they must repair is broken. Working in cramped spaces is common. Most work full time.
Additional Information Sources**
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
To Find a Job
Contact the nearest NH Employment Security office or go online to www.nhes.nh.gov
* New Hampshire Occupational Employment and Wages, September 2012. Wage estimates based on surveys through May 2011, adjusted to June 2012.
** Inclusion of this information is intended to provide a convenient resource for research, but in no way constitutes an endorsement for any organization; nor is the list all-inclusive.
NH Employment Projections, base year 2010 to projected year 2020
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
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