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Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Refrigeration mechanics are involved in the installation and repair of industrial and commercial refrigerating systems. Typical refrigeration mechanics tasks include*:

  • 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.
  • Dismantle malfunctioning systems and test components, using electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic testing equipment.
  • Adjust or replace worn or defective mechanisms and parts, and reassemble repaired systems.
  • Braze or solder parts to repair defective joints and leaks.
  • Perform mechanical overhauls and refrigerant reclaiming.
  • Keep records of repairs and replacements made and causes of malfunctions.
  • Install expansion and control valves, using acetylene torches and wrenches.
  • Install wiring to connect components to an electric power source.

Job Growth

It is expected that there will be 123,700 refrigeration mechanic job openings through 2012.*

Education and Training

77% of refrigeration mechanics possess some college education.  Learn more about getting your HVAC certification at Charter College.

 

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers. Retrieved 5/15/15, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9021.02