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Refrigeration and AC Mechanic

What does a Refrigeration and AC Mechanic do?

Refrigeration and AC Mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul industrial, commercial and residential refrigeration and air conditioning systems and their component parts.

- They work from blueprints or verbal instructions to mount or place system components.
- They assemble and install refrigeration or air conditioning components such as compressors, condensers, evaporators and metering devices.
- They install and calibrate related controls
- They start up systems and test lines to detect problems and ensure that the system is functioning properly.

What kind of person makes a good Refrigeration and AC Mechanic?

Refrigeration and AC Mechanic might be the job for you if you:

- Are mechanically inclined
- Have good coordination and manual dexterity
- Are physically strong and have good stamina
- Work well with others

How do I become a Refrigeration and AC Mechanic?

1. Find a company willing to take you as an apprentice
2. Register with AAIT (Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training)
3. Apprentice for 4 years, which includes 1500 hours of on the job training and 8 weeks of technical training at school each year.
4. Take the interprovincial Red Seal exam to become a registered Millwright.
5. Now you can work almost anywhere in Canada!

Where does a Refrigeration and AC Mechanic work?

Refrigeration and AC Mechanics usually work for companies that service and install air conditioning and refrigeration systems. 82% of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics in Alberta work in construction, manufacturing and repair industries.

How much does a Refrigeration and AC Mechanic make?

On average, Refrigeration and AC Mechanics in Alberta make $31.67 an hour. Thatís about $65,900 a year.

Apprentice Refrigeration and AC Mechanics earn 50% of a journeymanís wage rate in the first year, 60% in the second, 75% in the third and 80% in the fourth year.

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