Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics assemble, install, service and repair industrial, commercial and domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning systems in homes, shops, factories, office buildings, sporting facilities and hospitals.
Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Servicing
Residential / Commercial / Resources
What does a typical day look like?
Each day can be different and vary depending on the job, and you may be involved in:
- Following plans, blueprints and specifications to assemble and install refrigeration or air-conditioning components/systems.
- Working with electricians, pipe fitters and carpenters, installing ducting for air-conditioning
- Starting up, calibrating, testing lines, recording readings and detecting leaks or issues with a system or unit
- Servicing faulty industrial and household refrigerators and air-conditioning units and repairing or replacing faulty parts
Skills and personal qualities
- Interpreting technical drawings, blueprints and plans
- Attention to detail
- Have a careful, methodical and accurate approach to work
- Problem solving skills
- Work as a team or independently
- Be able to work at heights
- Adaptable to changing technology
- Enjoy doing a practical job and have mechanical ability
- Safety awareness Good Time management, numeracy, reading and writing skills
How to get started
To become a fully qualified tradesperson you will need to complete an apprenticeship, Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration. You can get a head start on this career by completing a pre-apprenticeship course to gain a Certificate II in Split Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Systems.
Future Pathways and opportunities
- Trainer and Assessor, Supervisor or Senior Manager
- Business owner or sub-contractor