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Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers

Also called: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration Technician (HVAC / R Technician); Refrigeration Mechanic; Refrigeration Technician; Service Technician

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Aerospace Ground Equipment; Aerospace Ground Equipment Apprentice; Aerospace Ground Equipment Craftsman; Aerospace Ground Equipment Helper; Aerospace Ground Equipment Journeyman; Aerospace Ground Equipment Superintendent; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Apprentice; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Craftsman; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Helper; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Journeyman

What they do:
Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe and test system operation, using gauges and instruments.
  • Adjust valves according to specifications and charge system with proper type of refrigerant by pumping the specified gas or fluid into the system.
  • Test lines, components, and connections for leaks.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • repairing machines or systems using the right tools
  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Facility energy management software
  • Johnson Controls Metasys
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
some college
usually needed

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