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Heating and air-conditioning systems control the temperature, and the total air quality in residential, commercial, industrial, and other buildings. Refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items. Craftsmen in this trade install, maintain, and repair such systems.

Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction activity. They cut, fit, and assemble wood and other materials for the construction of buildings, highways, bridges, industrial plants, ships, and many other structures. Carpenters’ duties vary by type of employer. A carpenter directly employed by a general building contractor often must perform a variety of tasks associated with new construction.

Electricity is essential for light, power, air-conditioning, and refrigeration. Electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications. Although most electricians specialize in either construction or maintenance, a growing number do both.

Plumbers install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems. For example, some systems move water to a municipal water treatment plant and then to residential, commercial, or public buildings. Other systems dispose of waste, provide gas to stoves and furnaces, or supply air-conditioning.

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