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Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

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


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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

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