Building and Construction

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

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Para-professional engineers design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical, refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military or scientific use. They apply theory and related knowledge to design, build, test, repair and modify developmental, experimental or production equipment in industrial or commercial plants for subsequent use by engineering personnel in making engineering design and evaluation decisions. Career Start (formally known as pre-vocational) courses offered by TAFE SA provide graduates with opportunities to gain an apprenticeship in electrical, instrumentation, air-conditioning or refrigeration servicing trades.

Employment Opportunities

Refrigeration and air conditioning workers are employed mainly by installation, service maintenance and manufacturing firms that service shops, hotels, factories, offices and hospitals. Some refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics work for companies that specialise in cold storage, food treatment plants and refrigeration on ships. With experience, and sometimes further training, promotion is possible to supervisory, sales, technician, associate, technologist or engineer positions. Some refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics are self-employed. Opportunities for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics are affected by the level of building and refurbishment activity, especially in the commercial and industrial sectors.

Career start qualifications provide a pathway to the air conditioning and refrigeration trades in the construction industry. Trade outcomes are predominantly achieved through an Australian Apprenticeship.

Employment for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics is expected to grow strongly over the next few years. Employment within the industry has grown at a rate of 8.2% over the past 5 years.


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