What do Refrigeration Mechanics do?

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

Refrigeration mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • follow plans and specifications to install units part by part and bolt them down
  • drill holes, install mounting brackets and cut, bend and thread piping
  • install parts such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, air tilters, switches and gauges, and copper lines for steam, gas, refrigerant, compressed air. fuel, oil and chilled water
  • attach piping to refrigeration systems
  • work with electricians, pipe fitters and carpenters to install ducting for air-conditioning
  • check that the parts are lined up and fit properly
  • fill systems with gas or fluid and test for leaks
  • remove test gas or fluid using vacuum pumps and fill these with refrigerant in accordance with regulations and governing procedures
  • test the unit and make adjustments to make sure that it works correctly
  • service faulty industrial and household refrigerators and air-conditioning units by repairing or replacing faulty   parts

When carrying out installation work, refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanics may work on large commercial and industrial units that have to be either installed part by part, or that have to be simply installed pre-assembled. Domestic units come already assembled and usually do not require a tradesperson’s services for installation. Refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanics may need to be skilled in pipefitting, welding and electrical wiring.

Refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanics may have to work extended hours to fix breakdowns and carry out emergency repairs.

Qualifying as a Refrigeration Mechanic involves:

  • Three to four years commitment
  • Attending paid work with a “host employer” for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Attending off-the-job training at an RTO

Ideal Personal Requirements to be a Refrigeration Mechanic include:

  • Able to work with hand and power tools
  • Enjoy and have aptitude for technical work
  • Normal colour vision
  • Able to work patiently, systematically and thoroughly

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