Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic

So, you think you might want to be a Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic?

Like to chill? You’re a natural for a job in refrigeration & air conditioning. Watch a day in the life of a Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic and discover what you skills you need for this trade.

Job Description

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanics install and service residential, commercial, industrial and institutional heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration units and systems. Their duties include laying out reference points for installation, assembling and installing components, installing wiring to connect components to an electric power supply and calibrating related controls. They also measure, cut, bend, thread and connect pipe to functional components and utilities.

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanics maintain systems by testing components, brazing or soldering parts to repair defective joints, adjusting and replacing worn or defective components and reassembling repaired components and systems. They also test and recharge these systems.

People in this trade work in BC’s Construction Sector. They may be employed by refrigeration and air conditioning contractors, property owners and institutional and public sector employers or may be self‑employed. They work on a variety of projects in the residential, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors, including office buildings, restaurants, food processing plants, ice arenas, computer facilities, supermarkets and hospitals.

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics may work on refrigerated trucks, automotive air conditioning systems, box cars, appliances and ships. In addition to their regular duties, some mechanics may also be required to prepare work estimates and plan systems for clients.

Look below to find out which sectors of BC’s economy you can work in if you pursue this trade.

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For more information on how much Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanics make, the expected number of future job openings, where the jobs are and the current workforce opportunities specifically for this trade, visit the Work BC Career Profile here.

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