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Transport Refrigeration Technician

What does a Transport Refrigeration Technician do?

Transport Refrigeration Technicians install, repair and maintain equipment that supplies and contains condition air in mobile units used to transport perishable goods such as food and medical supplies.

- They assemble and install refrigeration components such as motors, compressors and gauges
- They measure and cut piping and connect piping
- They refill systems with refrigerant and perform routine maintenance checks
- They repair and replace parts and components and overhaul entire refrigeration systems.

What kind of person makes a good Transport Refrigeration Technician?

Transport Refrigeration Technician might be the job for you if you:

- Have good mechanical ability
- Have good manual dexterity and coordination
- Work well with others

How do I become a Transport Refrigeration Technician?

1. Find a company willing to take you as an apprentice
2. Register with AAIT (Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training)
3. Apprentice for 3.5 years, which includes 1800 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 Transport Refrigeration Technician.
5. Now you can work almost anywhere in Canada!

Where does a Transport Refrigeration Technician work?

Transport Refrigeration Technicians are employed by large transport companies, organizations like food wholesalers, or firms specializing in transport refrigeration maintenance and repair work. 82% of Transport Refrigeration Technicians in Alberta work in the construction, manufacturing or repair industries.

How much does a Transport Refrigeration Technician make?

On average, Transport Refrigeration Technicians in Alberta make $31.67 an hour. Thatís about $65,900 a year.

Apprentice Transport Refrigeration Technicians earn 60% of a journeymanís wage rate in the first year, 75% in the second year and 90% in the third year.

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