Careers in the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Industry

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 Air
conditioning &
refrigeration is something that
affects almost everyone,
everyday
 Yet most people don’t realise
its scope – how wide an
industry it really is
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All homes have at least one fridge,
with either a second one or freezer as
well.
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Most homes have some form of air
conditioning – a window unit, maybe a
split system or perhaps a ducted
system
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We all need food. And to keep food fresh in
supermarkets it must be refrigerated.
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And we all like to go out and enjoy a cool
refreshing drink.
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Most people work in an air conditioned office
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When food is transported, it too needs to be
refrigerated.
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Then there is all those places we go that we
just assume is air conditioned.
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And air conditioning & refrigeration is needed
for those specialised applications
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 So,
with all this air conditioning &
refrigeration, there is a great need
for qualified people to work in
this industry.
 But
most people don’t realise it is
an actual ‘career’ !!!!!
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A qualified person in air conditioning &
refrigeration generally gains their
qualification through the apprenticeship
system
During this training, they will learn how to:
 Install systems
 Commission them into
operation
 Maintain them
 Repair them if they break down
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To be able to install, commission, maintain
and service, students gain knowledge in:
 Worksite safety
 Working with many different materials,
tools, fixing devices
 Electrical concepts, applications,
components
 Thermal & pressure concepts
 Diagnostic skills
 Communication
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The current trade course ‘Certificate 3’ Air
Conditioning & Refrigeration qualification is
nationally recognised.
Due to the high safety standards and
concerns in this industry a licence is required
at both the national and state levels.
To obtain these licences, a person needs this
qualification
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The TVET Certificate 2 Electrotechnology ‘Air
Conditioning & Refrigeration Careerstart’
program provides participants a pathway to
the Certificate 3 trade qualification.
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Core competency units included are:
 UEENEEE101A WH & S
 UEENEEE104A Solve problems in DC circuits
 UEENEEE141A Use of routine equipment
 UEENEEE148A Carry out routine work
activities
 UEENEEE179A Identify and select
components, accessories & materials
 UEENEEK142A Participate in environmentally
sustainable work practices
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Elective competency units included are:
 HLTCPR201A Perform CPR
 UEENEEJ102A Refrigeration piping & tubing
 UEENEEJ103A Basic operation of
refrigeration vapour compression systems
 UEENEEJ104A Basic operation of air
conditioning systems
 UEENEEP024A Attach cords and plugs to
electrical equipment for connection to a
single phase 230 Volt supply
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And with many of the competencies that
make up this course being common to other
trade areas (particularly in the mechanical,
electrical or plumbing sectors) it is possible
to build a career with multiple qualifications.
That can only be of value.
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Because of the ever increasing amount of
equipment and systems being installed, the
air conditioning & refrigeration industry
sector has been nationally recognised as
being a ‘skills shortage area’.
It seems that there is always a job somewhere
in this industry
And the remuneration rewards can be very
good as well
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Additionally, the quality and level of training
that an air conditioning & refrigeration
person is required to have in Australia
provides great opportunities to work overseas
with many employers in other countries
snapping up people with this qualification.
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Furthermore, there are numerous
opportunities within the industry to progress.
With further studies a person can:
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Become a specialised technician
Move into the estimating and design field
Become a project manager
‘Own their business’
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In summary, a career in the air conditioning &
refrigeration industry provides;
 A nationally (and internationally)
recognised qualification
 Variable industry work sectors
 Skills learnt in many areas
 Job security
 High remuneration
 The ability to move into other industries
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A
career in the air conditioning
& refrigeration industry …..
Something to think about !!!
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