Mechanic - Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Mechanic - Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (Short)

Mechanic - Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration

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

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Connect heating or air conditioning equipment to fuel, water, or refrigerant source to form complete circuit.

About the test (Full Version)

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 and Attention to Detail
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Basic Physics
  • Circuits
  • Gears and Pulleys
  • HVAC Fundamentals
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Tools
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control
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
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$31,910 or less
Bottom 25%:
$39,320 or less
$50,590 (Average)
Top 25%:
$64,350 or more
Top 10%:
$80,820 or more

Hourly US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$15.34 or less
Bottom 25%:
$18.90 or less
$24.32 (Average)
Top 25%:
$30.94 or more
Top 10%:
$38.86 or more

US Employment Statistics
2030 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:38,500

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mechanical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Physics
  • English Language
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
Top Skills
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Installation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
Top Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Near Vision
  • Visualization
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Information Ordering

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

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