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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 366378 3.310 2536
United States 332,900381,700 14.79,900 24,00038,780

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 24.7214.7218.11 23.4329.8437.46
Alaska 32.8620.3327.67 32.8437.7642.98
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.0825.7929.40 33.4337.4039.50
Fairbanks North Star Borough 37.7624.9527.32 30.8639.9668.33
Balance of State 29.9915.7118.21 32.2738.6844.33

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
475101 21.340.0 27.9
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation93
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation37
UI claimants previously working in occupation62
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 357
Number of job position postings 87
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.1

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

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

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry
HVAC Apprenticeship

Alaska Craftsman Home Program   (Anchorage)
Air Tightness & Ventilation
Airtightness for Energy Efficiency
Combustion Safety Training
Energy Efficient Doors and Windows
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 (8 Hours)
Confined Space Rescue (16 Hours)

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)
Confined Space Entry/Rescue
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

LTR Training Systems, Inc.   (Anchorage)
Bear Awareness & Handgun Defense
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Confined Space Entry/011
Confined Space Entry/011

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

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Marine Refrigeration
Residential Heating and Controls

University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Commercial HVAC System OEC
Commercial Refrigeration OEC
Heating CT1
Refrigeration & Heating Technology AAS
Refrigeration & Heating Technology CT2

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)
2009 International Mechanical Code
2012 International Mechanical Code, Part 1
2012 International Mechanical Code, Part 2
A Review of the BEES Ventilation Standard
Advanced AKWarm
Advanced Heating
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps - AHFC Sponsored
Air Sealing & Vapor Barrier Details
Air Tightness 1
Alaska’s Commercial Energy & Ventilation Standard - AHFC Sponsored
Alaska’s Energy & Ventilation Standard
Balancing HRVs
Combustion Safety Testing
Duct Diagnostics - AHFC Sponsored
Forced Air & HRV Duct Design
Heat Pumps & Alternative Energy Sources
Heating Systems
Heating, Ventilation & Motors
Heating, Ventilation & Motors - AHFC Sponsored
HRV Duct Design - AHFC Sponsored
Indoor Air Quality
Introduction to Indoor Air Quality
Manual J Heat Load Design
Ventilation Retrofit
Ventilation Strategies