Refrigeration & A/C Mechanic

WHAT YOU DO

Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. If you’re a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, your job is all about keeping people and products comfortable. How you do that ranges as widely as the different temperatures you’ll be asked to help provide.

As a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, you will 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. On any given day, you could find yourself saving an entire industrial fridge of food or simply making an air conditioner work more efficiently, but whatever you’re doing, you’re solving problems for people in need.

Program details


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to read and interpret blueprints, drawings and other specifications
  • How to install, troubleshoot and overhaul entire heating, ventilation, air handling, refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • How to repair and replace parts and components for entire refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pump systems
  • How to measure, cut and connect piping
  • How to prepare work estimates, work orders and inspection sheets

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics work for refrigeration and air conditioning installation contractors, food wholesalers, engineering firms, and retail and servicing establishments. Some also choose to run their own businesses.

Types of Workplaces

  • Appliance Dealerships
  • Gas and Electric Utility Companies
  • Owners of Rented Commercial Appliances
  • Independent Appliance Service Companies
  • Department Stores
  • Appliance Manufacturers’ own Service Departments

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You’ll be paired with an expert who can fabricate, install, alter, repair and service any system used for cooling and heating. Whether you are dealing with closed systems that use refrigerant or a brine and thermoelectric cooling, your sponsor will assist you in getting the job done right.

Find an Employer Sponsor

Analyzers are

AGILE, INDEPENDENT, INQUISITIVE, LOGICAL, PERSISTENT

Critical Skills

  • Fundamentals of refrigeration
  • Electrical components and safety
  • Plan and install refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Commission refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Maintain and service air conditioning systems

Earn

$66K - $95K annually
$20.00 - $38.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    potential for on-call and shift work

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Analyzer's Story

Kirsten Libby, 20

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic

Penticton, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.