In a typical work setting, heating and cooling system mechanics:
- Have a medium level of social contact. They speak with coworkers and customers, but also spend time working alone.
- Communicate by telephone and in person on a daily basis. They communicate less often by letters and memos.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of others. Repairs must be complete to prevent accidents from faulty furnaces, for example.
- May work as part of a team. May work near others, usually within a few feet.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work both indoors and outdoors. Air conditioning units are often located outside, while furnaces are usually located indoors.
- Work in an enclosed vehicle. They regularly travel in a van to and from work sites.
- Frequently wear protective clothes and glasses when handling refrigerants.
- May be exposed to temperatures that are uncomfortable. For example, they work outside or in buildings where heating or air conditioning units are broken.
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- Are exposed to contaminants on a weekly basis. Broken air conditioning or heating units may emit chemical fumes, for example.
- Sometimes have to get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.
- Are often exposed to hazardous situations and equipment. As a result, they may experience minor cuts or burns.
- Are sometimes exposed to high places.
- Are often exposed to extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.
- May be exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Must be exact in their work. Errors could cause injury or property damage.
- Constantly make decisions that affect their employer's reputation. In many cases, companies rely on word-of-mouth advertising to attract new clients.
- Regularly make decisions that affect others. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Set nearly all tasks and goals for the day without consulting a supervisor.
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- Work under moderate job pressures. They must abide by strict weekly deadlines.
- Repeat the same physical activities daily.
- Usually work 40 hours per week or more.
- Generally work a set schedule. However, they often work overtime or irregular hours during peak seasons.