Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Piping, Refrigeration, and Mechanical Contracting

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You might not think of these career areas as being similar, but they have many skills and technologies in common. Some contractors specialize in just a few of the services. Other companies called mechanical contractors do all of them. The range of career opportunities for you to explore runs the range from basic residential plumbing in houses, all the way to complicated refrigeration and piping systems in office buildings, schools and manufacturing facilities. Learn more by clicking on an area that interests you!


Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Mechanic (often called HVAC technicians) – work on heating, ventilation, and cooling systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

Refrigerating Engineer and Technician –

Mechanical Contracting

Pipe Fitter / Steamfitter (The difference between Steamfitter and Pipefitter is the pressure and types of liquids and gasses that flow through the pipesork with lower pressure liquids and steamfitters work with piping for high pressure / high temperature gases)

Steam Fitter

Sprinkler Fitter (Fire Suppression and Safety)

Fuel Gas Fitter (Natural and LP Gas Installation and Service Technician)

Boilermaker – Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

Heat and Frost Insulators –

Utility Construction Contractor (Electric Transmission Lines,  Oil and Gas Pipelines, Communications)

Electrical Utility Construction and Maintenance (Transmission Line

Fuel Gas Utility Construction and Maintenance

Water Utility Construction and Maintenance

Power Generation



The Building Trades

Construction Craft Laborer – Laborers work in a variety of capacities on construction sites, including flagging, assisting with material handling and installation, and demolition.


Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Sheet Metal (HVAC ductwork)


Boiler Construction and Installation

Natural Gas Fitter and Piping Installation

Solar Heating

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Steam Fitting

Sprinkler System and fire suppression Installation

Sump Pump and dry well construction

Process Piping


Fire Extinguisher and Fire Suppression Services

Sheet Metal (Pressure Vessel Construction, Industrial Fabrication, etc.)

Siding and Gutter Installation

Commercial Refrigeration and Freezer – Mechanical

Lawn Sprinkler Systems – contractors

Garage and Overhead Door Installation

Awning Installation and Maintenance

Window Shade Installation

Waterproofing / Damp proofing – Contractors

Concrete Forms Erection and Dismantling

Fence Installation and Maintenance

Fire Escape Installation

Fireproofing Building

Mobile Home Set Up and Tie Down

Ornamental Iron Work and Hand Rail Fabricators

Painting Wallpaper and Decoration Contractors

Residential Interior and Exterior Painting

Commercial Painting Contractors – Bridges

Post Hole Digging Contactors

Building Exterior Sandblasting and Steam Cleaning Contractors

Scaffolding Construction Contractors

Lightening Rod and Conductor Contractors


Swimming Pool Construction

Test Boring for Construction Contractors

Septic Tank and cesspool systems – Contractors

Welding Contractors – Operating at site of construction

Water Well Drilling – Contractors

Revolving Door Installation and Service

Elevator and Escalator Installation and Service

Machine Rigging

Construction Millwright

Windows and Door Installation and Replacement





Utility Construction

Cellular and Communications Antenna Tower Installation – contractors

Cable Splicing

Utility Pole Installation











Operating Engineer


Structural Steel Worker

Iron Worker


Project Manager



Project Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Quality Control




Structural Designer

Procurement Manager / Coordinator





Glazier (Architectural Glass) –

Brick Layer and Stone Mason –

Carpenter (General / Framing ) –

Carpenter (Finish / Cabinet Maker) –

Cement Mason –

Marble and Granite Mason –

Construction Boilermaker –

Construction Craft Worker –

Construction Millwright –

Drywall and Plaster Installer / Finisher –

Electrician –

Stucco Installer (Exterior Insulated Finish) –

Floor Covering Installer –

Heat and Frost Insulation Installer –

Heavy Equipment Operator (Operating Engineer) – Earthmoving, Dozer, Tractor Loader, Backhoe

Hoisting Engineer / Crane Operator – Mobile Crane, Tower Crane

Ironworker (Structural / Ornamental) –

Painter and Decorator –

Sprinkler Fitter / Installer  –

Pipe Fitter / Steam Fitter –

Plumber –

Demolition –

Asphalt and Paving –

Fencing Installer –

Precast Concrete Installer –

Heating / Air Conditioning / Ventilation Mechanic –

Reinforcing Bar Installer –

Sheet Metal Worker –

Roofer –

Terrazzo / Tile / Marble Setter –

Construction Project Manager / Estimator –

Construction Safety Officer –

Construction Material Buyer / Purchasing Agent –

Shop Foreman –

Welder –

Building Inspector –

Cribber –

Driller / Blaster –

Elevator Construction / Mechanic –

Equipment Manager / Inspector –

Gasfitter –

Heavy Equipment Mechanic –

Construction Laborer –







Similar Careers


CAD Technician –

Urban Planner

Civil Engineer

Structural Engineer

Construction Equipment Sales and Manufacturing – Tools, Hoists,

Construction Material Manufacturing –

Surveyor –

Building Inspector / Home Inspector –

Landscape Architect / Landscaper –