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Refrigeration Mechanics make, install, repair and service residential, commercial and industrial cooling and heating systems. Some work in building maintenance, servicing the air conditioning systems in high-rise office buildings. Others specialize in repairing small, portable refrigeration and freezing units. Refrigeration Mechanics measure, cut and connect piping using welding and brazing equipment. They also recharge systems with refrigerant gases as required. They may connect rooftop units to gas, test and balance systems and connect electrical systems. Refrigeration Mechanics must be able to use and adjust computerized controls, use computer software to calculate loads, and work on large machines.
A Refrigeration Mechanic is designated as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
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The following education is recommended: Grade 10 (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, and Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with two Levels taking 6 weeks (180 hours) and two Levels taking 8 weeks (240 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 7,220 hours of work-based training.
A Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2, after 25 weeks of training (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative paths into the occupation).