What does a Refrigeration and AC Mechanic (313A) do?

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanics plan, prepare, and lay out cooling and heating-cooling systems used in residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial settings. They install and start up refrigeration and air cooling systems; connect piping; and maintain, service, repair, and replace cooling system components and accessories.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints, design specifications, and written instructions
  • Using hand and power tools to install equipment in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings where cooling systems operate
  • Measuring, marking, and laying out an area where equipment is to be installed
  • Identifying issues with equipment or cooling systems and seeking out a solution
  • Adapting and applying knowledge of cooling systems to a variety of situations
  • Working independently or as part of a team to get the job done within deadlines
  • Communicating and interacting effectively with co-workers and customers

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, though a high school diploma is generally required
  • Completion of 9,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of an exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Refrigeration and AC Mechanic (313A)?

  • Full-time employment
  • Work is mostly indoors, in specific work locations where repairs or installations are needed
  • Some mechanics may be self-employed
  • Potential employers include plumbing, heating, and air conditioning construction firms; mechanical construction firms; commercial A/C manufacturers; and appliance stores

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $26.00 per hour.


Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (313A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Do you enjoy working with different hand tools?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you pay attention to detail? Do enjoy problem solving?
Can you look at a diagram or blueprint and visualize how things come together?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Are you interested in travelling for work?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic may be for you!

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  • Gasfitter
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