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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

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Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul industrial, commercial and residential refrigeration and air conditioning systems and their component parts.

At installation sites, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics:

  • work from drawings or verbal instructions to mount or place system components,
  • assemble and install refrigeration or air conditioning systems and components,
  • install and calibrate related controls (including wiring), and
  • start up systems, test lines to detect leaks, and record the readings taken to ensure that the system is functioning satisfactorily.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Apprenticeship
  • The term of apprenticeship for a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic is 4 years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1560 hours on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
  • The entrance requirements for this trade require completion of an Alberta high school diploma that includes English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20, or equivalent, or pass the entrance exam.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
Trade Qualifier
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

 
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Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.