Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
A. May install, maintain and repair equipment in refrigerated trucks used to transport food or medical supplies
B. May prepare work estimates for clients.
C. Read and interpret blueprints, drawings or other specifications
D. Measure and lay out reference points for installation
E. 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
F. Measure and cut piping, and connect piping using welding and brazing equipment
G. Install, troubleshoot and overhaul entire heating, ventilation, air handling, refrigeration and air conditioning systems
1. Construction - 59.0%
2. Wholesale trade - 9.0%
3. Other services (except public administration) - 8.0%
4. Machinery manufacturing - 6.0%
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. 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.
3. Trade certification for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
4. Trade certification for transport refrigeration mechanics is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia.
5. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics.
6. Most recent entrants have either a trade/vocational certificate or a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics is $21.79/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.