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Heating/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Workers
(SOC Code : 49-9021)
in California

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Long-term on-the-job training (> 12 months) .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20131st Qtr$25.45$18.54$24.71$30.54

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 202020,70026,3005,60027.1920

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning ContractorDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
License Information Center
www.cslb.ca.gov
Refrigeration ContractorDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
License Information Center
www.cslb.ca.gov
Solar ContractorDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
License Information Center
www.cslb.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Building Equipment Contractors 31,45855.6%
Commercial Machinery Repair/Maintenance 3,5578.9%
Hardware & Plumbing Merchant Wholesalers3,0292.9%
Elementary and Secondary Schools 17,3871.4%
Colleges and Universities 2,3171.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maint
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Eng

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.
Obtain and maintain required certifications.
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.
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.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
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.
Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
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.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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Alternate Titles
Furnace Converters; Gas Furnace Installers; Heating and Air Conditioning Technicians and Installers; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technicians; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Technicians; Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers; Retrofitting Specialists
 
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