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Refrigeration Mechanic

A varied career for mechanically-minded people.

What's it like to be a Refrigeration Mechanic?

Refrigeration Mechanics (also called Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics) work with industrial, commercial and domestic refrigeration, air-conditioning and heating systems. They are specialists in installing, testing, servicing and repairing these systems.

Refrigeration Mechanic

Tasks and duties

  • Installing and repairing the components of cooling and refrigeration systems, including compressors, motors, condensers, and evaporators.
  • Assess and replace copper lines for steam, gas, refrigerant, compressed air, oil and chilled water.
  • Conduct operational tests on refrigeration systems, checking mechanisms and making adjustments.
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Refrigeration Mechanics work in a range of settings, from installing air-conditioning systems in homes, to building refrigeration units for mass food storage or transport.

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How to become a Refrigeration Mechanic


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To become a Refrigeration Mechanic you need to complete an apprenticeship and some formal training. You also need to fulfill certain licensing requirement in order to become certified.

  1. When looking to start an apprenticeship, an Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area can help you find a host employer.
  2. While completing your apprenticeship, you also need to complete a formal training component in order to become fully qualified. As part of a Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (UEE32211) you’ll complete practical and theoretical classes to gain the skills and knowledge to work at a trade level in the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.
  3. A Refrigerant Handling Licence (RHL) must be held by any person who carries out work in relation to refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. You apply through the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) website. If you’re required to carry out work that involves disconnecting and reconnecting low-voltage electrical installations you will also require additional licensing. These vary from state to state, so check the requirements of the state you plan on working in.

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Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

This certificate gives you the skills to select, install, test, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment.

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Bachelor of Science

Develop broad skills in science to prepare for opportunities in a range of industries with this qualification.

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Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

This qualification will prepare you for a role as an Engineering Tradesperson in the metal, engineering and manufacturing industries.

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How do Refrigeration Mechanics rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 25 Refrigeration Mechanics surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.6
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.3

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Jan 2019
Being an apprentice refrigeration mechanic leads to great opportunities
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Service and breakdown of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration equipment
The good things
There is a great variety of work in this role. Lots of fun problem solving when diagnosing faults. There is a good balance between indoor and outdoor work. This role will help you to keep fit. The...
The challenges
To do well in this field, you really need to get your head around the technical side of things. Once you understand these, the challenge becomes to be apply to apply it in your everyday work. This ...
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Oct 2018
Being a dual trader in refrigeration and electrical is hard and physical but also very rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Refrigeration mechanic
The good things
Firstly you are working outdoors and as a refrigeration mechanic you need to know about plumbing, electrical, sheetmetal work and basic mechanical engineering.
The challenges
Depending on how you are treated as an apprentice don’t give up. Ask questions if you don’t understand. The apprenticeship is always the most challenging but also can be the most rewarding. I have don...
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