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Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers
District Of Columbia

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Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

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Currently Employed: 290

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $25.40 - $32.94

Typical Annual Salary: $52,800 - $68,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
  • Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.
  • Join pipes or tubing to equipment and to fuel, water, or refrigerant source, to form complete circuit.
  • Reassemble and test equipment following repairs.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
  • Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to wiring diagrams, using electrician's hand tools.
  • Obtain and maintain required certifications.
  • Install, connect, and adjust thermostats, humidistats and timers, using hand tools.
  • Comply with all applicable standards, policies, and procedures, including safety procedures and the maintenance of a clean work area.
  • Inspect and test systems to verify system compliance with plans and specifications or to detect and locate malfunctions.

tools & technology

  • Hammers
  • Power saws
  • Pressure indicators
  • Screwdrivers
  • Voltage or current meters

  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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