Heating and Cooling Mechanics

Military Career

General Information

Description

Heating and cooling mechanics are responsible for providing the Military with technical and mechanical services regarding heating, cooling, and related systems. They install, operate and perform inspections, testing, troubleshooting, and repairs on malfunctioning systems. They perform maintenance and quality control functions, ensuring compliance with safety and environmental regulations. They supervise and provide guidance to subordinates and they provide recommendations regarding installations and repairments of HVAC/R systems.

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Work Environment

Heating and cooling mechanics may work inside repair shops. Frequently, they work wherever equipment is to be installed or repaired.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Heating and Cooling Mechanics in the Military

6,443

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Salary

Average Salary

$46,368

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 55%
  • Some college 21%
  • Associate's degree 12%
  • High school 8%
  • Less than high school 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for heating and cooling mechanics consists of classroom and on the job instruction, including hands-on practice in repairing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Training content may include: Refrigeration theoryInstallation and repair of refrigeration and air conditioning unitsInstallation and repair of furnaces and boilersUse of diagrams and blueprintsPreventive maintenance of environmental control unitsProcedures for the safe handling of hazardous materials

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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