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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Installer

Work with your hands (and cool tools) in a high-value, high-demand trade.

Job Details

Typical Tasks

  • Install electrical and mechanical equipment at both residential and commercial buildings
  • Perform routine preventative maintenance and repairs on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment
  • Inspect and test HVAC equipment to diagnose any problems
  • Reference manufacturer’s specifications to ensure proper system functionality
  • Communicate information with customers and coworkers, especially around safety and project timelines

Typical Skills

  • Strong mechanical skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to safely work with hand and power tools
  • Ability to work in small, confined spaces
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds

Typical Experience or Education

  • Employers may require a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Many employers like to see vocational school training, a related associate’s degree, or previous on-the-job training
  • If you have not completed a relevant program at a vocational school, 1–2 years of previous work experience in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, electrical, construction, or energy efficiency can help get your foot in the door
  • Knowledge of relevant machines and tools
  • Previous workplace safety training and experience is a plus

Professional Development Opportunities

Some Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Installers may choose to advance their skills with professional certifications, such as:

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