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Mechanic - Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration
Mechanic - Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Mechanic - Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration

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

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - adjust or set mechanical controls or components
  • Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - use basic plumbing techniques
  • Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - determine project methods and procedures
  • Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants.

About the test

The HR Avatar Mechanic - Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Mechanic - Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  Knowledge and Skills
  • HVAC Fundamentals
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:49-9021.00
Simulation Context:Technician-Oriented
O*Net Context:Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$28,440 or less
Bottom 25%:
$35,440 or less
$45,910 (Average)
Top 25%:
$58,960 or more
Top 10%:
$73,350 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$13.67 or less
Bottom 25%:
$17.04 or less
$22.07 (Average)
Top 25%:
$28.35 or more
Top 10%:
$35.26 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:8,420

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mechanical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction
  • Physics
  • Design
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
Top Skills
  • Troubleshooting
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Installation
  • Repairing
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Operation and Control
Top Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Visualization
  • Near Vision
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Extent Flexibility
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Inductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: A/C Tech (Air Conditioning Technician), Air and Hydronic Balancing Technician, Air Conditioner or Furnace Gas Appliance Mechanic, Air Conditioning Specialist, Attic Fans Mechanic, Baseboard Heating Installer, Blower Installer, Blower Mechanic, Duct Cleaner, Environmental Control System Installer Servicer, Evaporative Cooler Installer, Fan Installer, Furnace Converter, Furnace Erector, Furnace Fitter, Furnace Installer, Furnace Mechanic, Furnace Repairer, Furnace Setter, Gas Adjuster, Gas Furnace Installer, Heat Pump Installer, Heater Installer, Heater Mechanic, Heating and Air-Conditioning Installer-Servicer, Heating and Cooling Technician, Heating Equipment Installer, Heating Repair Technician, Heating Systems Installer, Heating Technician, Heating Unit Mechanic, Hot Air Furnace Installer and Repairer, Hot Air Furnace Installer Repairer, HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer), HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Installer), HVAC Journeyman (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Journeyman), HVAC Maintenance Technician (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Maintenance Technician), HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic), HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic), HVAC Operations Technician (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Operations Technician), HVAC Service Tech (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician), HVAC Service Technician (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Service Technician), HVAC Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Specialist), HVAC Tech (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technician), HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Technician), HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician), HVAC-R Tech (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician), Maintenance Mechanic, Mechanic, Oil Burner Installer, Oil Burner Mechanic, Oil Burner Repairer, Oil Burner Servicer and Installer, Oil Burner Technician, Oil Furnace Installer, Oil Heat Technician, Oil Heater Installer, Refrigeration Mechanic, Renewable Energy Technician, Residential Heating and Air Conditioning Installer, Service Technician, Service Tester, Solar Energy System Installer, Solar Panel Technician, Stoker Erector, Stoker Installer, Stoker Mechanic, Systems Mechanic, Ventilating Equipment Installer

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