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Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

ANZSCO ID 3421

Overview

All Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

  • $1,400 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 33,600 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 33 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair industrial, commercial and domestic airconditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in refrigeration and airconditioning to work as an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • establishing job requirements from drawings and specifications, and laying out installation reference points
  • drilling holes, installing mounting brackets and cutting, bending and threading piping
  • installing and repairing components such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, switches and gauges, and copper lines for steam, gas, refrigerant, compressed air, oil and chilled water
  • bolting, soldering, riveting, welding and brazing pipes to connect equipment, and checking alignment and accuracy of fit
  • filling systems with gas or fluid to check for leaks
  • test-operating refrigeration systems, checking mechanisms and making adjustments
  • removing test gas and fluid using vacuum pumps, and filling with refrigerant
  • checking and overhauling refrigeration systems, diagnosing faults and repairing and replacing defective components
  • adjusting system controls and mechanisms and reassembling systems
  • recording causes of malfunctioning and action taken

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III or IV in refrigeration and airconditioning to work as an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Electrotechnology VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics who can provide good customer service, are polite and courteous and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    76% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Building and construction

    71% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Customer and personal service

    67% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Physics

    59% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. Technical design

    57% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  6. Engineering and technology

    54% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  7. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Chemistry

    50% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  9. Computers and electronics

    46% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. English language

    44% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  12. Administration and management

    42% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  13. Public safety and security

    40% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Education and training

    39% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    35% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  16. Clerical

    33% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  17. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Production and processing

    32% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Transportation

    27% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    22% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Repairing

    55% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  2. Troubleshooting

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  3. Equipment maintenance

    52% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  4. Installation

    52% Skill level

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  5. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  6. Reading comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  8. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  9. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  10. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  11. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  14. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  16. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Systems analysis

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  20. Equipment selection

    37% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Visualization

    57% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  3. Extent flexibility

    55% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  4. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  5. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  8. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  12. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  14. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  15. Control precision

    45% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  16. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  18. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Speed of recognition

    39% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    75% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Doing physically active work

    74% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Working with mechanical equipment

    74% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  4. Controlling equipment or machines

    73% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    72% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Working with electronic equipment

    71% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    66% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Making sense of information and ideas

    63% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    62% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  11. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  13. Collecting and organising information

    59% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  14. Communicating within a team

    59% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  15. Thinking creatively

    57% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    56% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Scheduling work and activities

    55% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  18. Training and teaching others

    54% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  19. Researching and investigating

    53% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    50% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9021.01 - Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    92% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    90% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    89% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  6. Indoors, not heat controlled

    88% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  7. Spend time standing

    88% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  8. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    87% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  9. Exposure to contaminants

    87% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  10. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Time pressure

    86% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Very hot or cold temperatures

    85% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  14. Health and safety of others

    83% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Impact of decisions

    82% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    82% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  18. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  19. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    80% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  20. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    57% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    57% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    67% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    67% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    29% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9021.01 - Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers.

All Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

  • $1,400 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 33,600 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 33 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair industrial, commercial and domestic airconditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in refrigeration and airconditioning to work as an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • establishing job requirements from drawings and specifications, and laying out installation reference points
  • drilling holes, installing mounting brackets and cutting, bending and threading piping
  • installing and repairing components such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, switches and gauges, and copper lines for steam, gas, refrigerant, compressed air, oil and chilled water
  • bolting, soldering, riveting, welding and brazing pipes to connect equipment, and checking alignment and accuracy of fit
  • filling systems with gas or fluid to check for leaks
  • test-operating refrigeration systems, checking mechanisms and making adjustments
  • removing test gas and fluid using vacuum pumps, and filling with refrigerant
  • checking and overhauling refrigeration systems, diagnosing faults and repairing and replacing defective components
  • adjusting system controls and mechanisms and reassembling systems
  • recording causes of malfunctioning and action taken

You usually need a certificate III or IV in refrigeration and airconditioning to work as an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Electrotechnology VET training pathways.

Employers look for Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics who can provide good customer service, are polite and courteous and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    76% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Building and construction

    71% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Customer and personal service

    67% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Physics

    59% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. Technical design

    57% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  6. Engineering and technology

    54% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  7. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Chemistry

    50% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  9. Computers and electronics

    46% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. English language

    44% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  12. Administration and management

    42% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  13. Public safety and security

    40% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Education and training

    39% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    35% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  16. Clerical

    33% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  17. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Production and processing

    32% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Transportation

    27% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    22% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Repairing

    55% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  2. Troubleshooting

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  3. Equipment maintenance

    52% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  4. Installation

    52% Skill level

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  5. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  6. Reading comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Active listening

    46% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  8. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  9. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  10. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  11. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  14. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  16. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Systems analysis

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  20. Equipment selection

    37% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Visualization

    57% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  3. Extent flexibility

    55% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  4. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  5. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  8. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  12. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  14. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  15. Control precision

    45% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  16. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  18. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Speed of recognition

    39% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    75% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Doing physically active work

    74% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Working with mechanical equipment

    74% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  4. Controlling equipment or machines

    73% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    72% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Working with electronic equipment

    71% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    66% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Making sense of information and ideas

    63% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    62% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  11. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  13. Collecting and organising information

    59% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  14. Communicating within a team

    59% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  15. Thinking creatively

    57% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    56% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Scheduling work and activities

    55% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  18. Training and teaching others

    54% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  19. Researching and investigating

    53% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    50% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    92% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    90% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    89% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  6. Indoors, not heat controlled

    88% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  7. Spend time standing

    88% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  8. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    87% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  9. Exposure to contaminants

    87% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  10. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Time pressure

    86% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Very hot or cold temperatures

    85% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  14. Health and safety of others

    83% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Impact of decisions

    82% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    82% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  18. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  19. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    80% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  20. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    57% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    57% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    67% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    67% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    29% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9021.01 - Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers.
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