Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (49-9021)

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

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 342357 4.42 57
United States 292,000331,600 13.63,960 4,4608,420

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.7813.3616.79 21.6927.9234.47
Alaska 30.5619.6825.99 30.9036.3040.50
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 30.3618.4326.04 30.4036.2241.29
Fairbanks North Star Borough 32.7225.3928.85 33.6536.4740.10
Southeast Region 26.7619.4322.38 26.8931.1436.38
Balance of State 33.5523.0630.57 34.5637.7643.28

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
46591 19.640.5 28.4
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation93
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation45
UI claimants previously working in occupation53
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 317
Number of job position postings 115
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.8

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry

Alaska Building Science Network   (Juneau)
Alternative Energy in Alaska
Boiler Maintenance and Repair
Breathing in Buildings – 3-Hour
Breathing in Buildings - 4-Hour
Complying with Ventilations Requirements of BEES
Energy Programs in Alaska
Energy Retrofit of an Existing Home
Energy, Alternative Energy Systems and Infrastructure
Foundations and Crawl Space Ventilations
Getting to Zero Energy in Alaska Homes
Healthy Air: What You Should Know about the Air You Breathe
Heating and Ventilation Best Practices
Heating System Design Details
Heating Systems for Energy Efficient Homes: 1-Hour
Heating Systems for Energy Efficient Homes: 2-Hour
IAQ - Parking Your Car in the Living Room
Introduction to Radiant Heat
Introduction to Solar Energy Design
Introduction to Solar Thermal Energy
Mold and Moisture in the Healthy House
Of Mold, Moisture and Other Things
Passive Ventilation
Preventing and Solving Air Quality Problems in Homes
Solutions to Preventing Moisture Scare
Ventilation Strategies for Existing Homes
Ventilation Strategies for New Homes
Ventilation System Design and Installation
Ventilation: Understanding ASHRAE 62.2

Alaska Craftsman Home Program   (Anchorage)
Combustion Safety Training
Energy Savings with Lighting and AppliancesĀ 
Evaluating Doors and Windows
Finding and Fixing Air Leaks
First Steps: Building Science Basics
Healthy Indoor Air through Ventilation
Heating and Hot Water Choices
Ice Dams
Insulating for Savings and Comfort
Plugging Into Energy Savings
Understanding Heating Systems- Options for AHFC Programs
Ventilated Crawl Spaces; Best Practices

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation   (Anchorage)
Heating and Hot Water
Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02

AVTEC   (Seward)
Plumbing and Heating Certificate

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)

Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) Certificate

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Residential Heating Controls

Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee   (Anchorage)
Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate

Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #23   (Anchorage)
Service Technician Apprenticeship Certificate

University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Commercial HVAC Syst OEC
Commercial Refrig OEC
Refrig & Heat Technology AAS
Refrig & Heat Technology CT2
Residential Air Cond & Ref OEC
Residential Heat/Vent OEC

University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry
Mechanical Maintenance Oil Fired Heating Systems
Mechanical Maintenance Power Boiler

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
HVAC Technician

Wisdom & Associates, Inc.   (Kenai)
A Review of the BEES Ventilation Standard
Advanced AKWarm
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps - AHFC Sponsored
Alaska’s Commercial Energy & Ventilation Standard - AHFC Sponsored
Alaska’s Energy & Ventilation Standard
Balancing HRVs
Combustion Safety Testing - AHFC Sponsored
Construction - 2009 International Mechanical Code, Part 1
Construction - 2009 International Mechanical Code, Part 2
Construction - 2012 International Mechanical Code, Part 1
Construction - 2012 International Mechanical Code, Part 1
Duct Diagnostics - AHFC Sponsored
Forced Air & HRV Duct Design
Heat Pumps & Alternative Energy Sources
Heating, Ventilation & Motors
Heating, Ventilation & Motors - AHFC Sponsored
HRV Duct Design - AHFC Sponsored