Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems and combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems. They are employed by refrigeration and air conditioning installation contractors, various industrial settings, food wholesalers, engineering firms and retail and servicing establishments. Transport refrigeration mechanics are included in this unit group.
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
Read and interpret blueprints, drawings or other specifications
Measure and lay out reference points for installation
Assemble and install refrigeration or air conditioning components such as motors, controls, gauges, valves, circulating pumps, condensers, humidifiers, evaporators and compressors using hand and power tools
Measure and cut piping, and connect piping using welding and brazing equipment
Install, troubleshoot and overhaul entire heating, ventilation, air handling, refrigeration and air conditioning systems
Start up system and test for leaks using testing devices
Recharge system with refrigerant, check and test regulators, calibrate system and perform routine maintenance or servicing
Repair and replace parts and components for entire refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation or heat pump systems
May install, maintain and repair equipment in refrigerated trucks used to transport food or medical supplies
May prepare work estimates for clients.
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or
A combination of over five years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in refrigeration and air conditioning repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available to qualified refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics.
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial mobility.
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