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Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers

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

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.
  • Test lines, components, and connections for leaks.
  • Adjust valves according to specifications and charge system with proper type of refrigerant by pumping the specified gas or fluid into the system.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Technical
  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • repairing machines or systems using the right tools
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Facility energy management software
  • Johnson Controls Metasys
Industrial control software
  • Building automation software
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$47,610
$29,460
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