Mechanical Contractor Definition

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During a construction project, a number of contractors are hired to complete specific aspects of the job. Mechanical contractors are amongthe team of professionals involved in construction.

Function

  • Mechanical contractors are responsible for installing the plumbing, ventilation, air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems in buildings. The term can apply to an individual contractor or an entire company.

Types

  • Mechanical contractors work on the construction of homes or residences, commercial property such as office buildings or stores, institutions such as schools and hospitals, or industrial complexes like factories or power plants.

Features

  • Some mechanical contractors also service and repair the systems they install. Others focus only upon renovations or new construction.

Requirements

  • Mechanical contractors or contracting companies are required to be licensed in some states; for individuals this often requires passing a written examination. Many mechanical contractors have a bachelor's degree in construction management, while others have training from technical schools.

Compensation

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $43,640, in 2012. The jobs website Indeed has the 2014 salary for mechanical contractors at $62,000, though this includes management as well.

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