Becoming an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
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Becoming an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

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Assembles, installs, maintains and repairs industrial, commercial and domestic airconditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 3 - 4 years
Average pay $70,962
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 7,600

What license do I need to work as an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic in Victoria?

To work as an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, you will need:
  • Refrigerant Handling Licence from Australian
  • Refrigeration Council (ARC) Restricted Electrical Worker’s Licence from Energy Safe Victoria

How do I become an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic in Victoria?

To work as an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Completed apprenticeship
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics, English and Chemistry
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology studies (Pre-vocational or Careerstart)
  • Certificate IV in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Systems

What does an Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic do?

  • Establishing job requirements from drawings and specifications
  • Laying out installation reference points
  • Drilling holes, installing mounting brackets and cutting, bending and threading piping
  • Installing and repairing components such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, switches and gauges, and copper lines for steam, gas, refrigerant, compressed air, oil and chilled water
  • Bolting, soldering, riveting, welding and brazing pipes to connect equipment, and checking alignment and accuracy of fit
  • Filling systems with gas or fluid to check for leaks
  • Testing refrigeration systems, checking mechanisms and making adjustments
  • Removing test gas and fluid using vacuum pumps, and filling with refrigerant
  • Checking and overhauling refrigeration systems, diagnosing faults and repairing and replacing defective components
  • Adjusting system controls and mechanisms and reassembling systems