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If you are looking for a demanding but rewarding career, consider a career in heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning. As concern for the environment and energy conservation continues, the demand for heating and refrigeration innovation � both installation of improved units and repair of older units � should continue to grow.

Heating and refrigeration technicians often specialize in either installation or repair, even though they are usually trained for both. They might also specialize in a specific type of equipment. While work can be seasonal, service contracts and regular maintenance plans can keep workers busy, as can diversifying specialties. Furnace installers, or heating equipment specialists, install oil, gas, electric, solid-fuel and multiple-fuel heating systems. Air-conditioning mechanics install and service central air-conditioning systems.

Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers work in any building that contains climate controlled equipment. Many secondary, technical and trade schools offer six-month to two-year programs in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration. Students learn the theory, design and construction of equipment, as well as practical experience in installation, repair and maintenance. Those who wish to work refrigerants must be certified by organizations approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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