Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician Kaihangarau Pūrere Whakamātao

Refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians install, service and maintain refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • advise clients on different refrigeration/air-conditioning systems
  • consult with clients and refrigeration/air-conditioning design engineers about system installation
  • assemble and install pipe work for refrigeration/air-conditioning systems
  • install or oversee the installation of refrigeration/air-conditioning systems
  • check existing refrigeration/air-conditioning systems for leaks and faults
  • repair and maintain refrigeration/air-conditioning systems
  • test and balance systems once they are installed.

Physical Requirements

Refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong as they may need to carry heavy refrigeration/air-conditioning equipment.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians includes:

  • plumbing and gasfitting
  • work in an engineering workshop
  • electrical work or experience in an engineering company.

Personal Qualities

Refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians need to be:

  • accurate and safety-conscious
  • practical 
  • organised
  • good communicators
  • good at making calculations and problem solving
  • able to work independently or in a team
  • able to work well under pressure
  • comfortable working in enclosed spaces and at heights.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians includes:

  • plumbing and gasfitting
  • work in an engineering workshop
  • electrical work or experience in an engineering company.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but maths, physics, digital technologies and English to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technicians can earn around $52K-$80K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians may progress to set up their own refrigeration or air-conditioning business.

They may specialise in either refrigeration or air conditioning systems.

Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician

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