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Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair industrial, commercial and domestic airconditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a large occupation employing 26,700 workers. The number of workers has grown moderately over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow moderately to 28,600. Around 19,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
In 2016, employers in some locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.
A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and the majority of workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics who can provide good customer service, are polite and courteous and have a strong work ethic.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and what to do about it.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9021.01 - Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing mechanical machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?
How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
How often do you talk on the telephone?
How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.