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Careers in AHR

Careers in AHR

Heating and cooling system mechanics install and repair refrigeration and heating equimpent used in homes, schools and commercial buildings. Duties include diagnosing problems, setting up components such as motors and pumps, connecting parts such as air ducts and fuel pumps and hooking up equipment to a power source.

Because of the increased sophistication of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems, employers generally prefer to hire technicians with technical school or apprenticeship training even though quite a few of these workers still learn the trade informally on the job. Higher level skills and knowledge of the field help students enter the field. Applicants for apprenticeship programs must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • sit for the EPA Section 608 Certification
  • install and service most common heating and cooling systems
  • evaluate the performace of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • assess energy consumption
  • understand principles and methods of energy conservation
  • represent a manufacturer of heating and cooling equipment

Possible occupational titles include:

  • cost estimator
  • equipment salesperson
  • heating and refrigeraton technician
  • commercial refrigeration mechanic
  • heating and air-conditioning installers
  • manufacturer's service specialist
  • small business owner

For the most current job market information see the Bureau of Labor Statisitics. You may also want to consult with Oakton's Career Services office.

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As a student with a keen interest in the environment, Alan Kroeger has helped reshape the Oakton landscape - literally.



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