Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Mechanic

Refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanics assemble, install, service and repair industrial, commercial and domestic refrigeration as well as air-conditioning systems in homes, shops, factories, office buildings, and hospitals.

Personal requirements of a refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic may include:

  • To work at heights or in confined spaces
  • Be good at mathematics and calculating
  • Working on your own or as part of a team
  • Analytical and logical thinking
  • Learn to read schematic diagrams and plans
  • Learn to work with a range of hand and power tools

Refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanics may complete the following tasks:

  • Repairing or replacing defective equipment, components or wiring
  • Inspect and test systems to verify system compliance with plans and specifications
  • Testing electrical circuits and components for continuity, using electrical test equipment
  • To comply with all applicable standards, policies and procedures, including safety procedures
  • To lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment according to wiring diagram
  • To study blueprints and design specifications
  • Make recommendations to ascertain the configuration of cooling equipment components and to ensure the proper installation of components

Worksites can be customers' houses, high rise buildings, hospitals, or other types of huge facilities with largepieces of machinery that need to be worked on. The machinery may be in dedicated rooms or, for example, on the top of a high rise building.

To become a refrigeration or air-conditioning mechanic usually requires the completion of an apprenticeship in refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic (four years.) This leads to a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical-Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO.)

Once you are a qualified tradesperson, you can choose several career pathways in the electrotechnology industry. Qualified mechanics may work for a small or large company or continue with their education and complete a course from Certificate IV through to Bachelor level. There is potential to move into supervisory or managerial positions.