Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
Common job titles of Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
51.96% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
23.49% said they needed a Some College Courses.
Observe and test system operation, using gauges and instruments.
Estimate, order, pick up, deliver, and install materials and supplies needed to maintain equipment in good working condition.
Adjust or replace worn or defective mechanisms and parts and reassemble repaired systems.
Install wiring to connect components to an electric power source.
Keep records of repairs and replacements made and causes of malfunctions.
Schedule work with customers and initiate work orders, house requisitions, and orders from stock.
Supervise and instruct assistants.
Drill holes and install mounting brackets and hangers into floor and walls of building.
Install expansion and control valves, using acetylene torches and wrenches.
Adjust valves according to specifications and charge system with proper type of refrigerant by pumping the specified gas or fluid into the system.
Cut, bend, thread, and connect pipe to functional components and water, power, or refrigeration system.
Test lines, components, and connections for leaks.
Lift and align components into position, using hoist or block and tackle.
Mount compressor, condenser, and other components in specified locations on frames, using hand tools and acetylene welding equipment.
Perform mechanical overhauls and refrigerant reclaiming.
Dismantle malfunctioning systems and test components, using electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic testing equipment.
Braze or solder parts to repair defective joints and leaks.
Lay out reference points for installation of structural and functional components, using measuring instruments.
Read blueprints to determine location, size, capacity, and type of components needed to build refrigeration system.
Insulate shells and cabinets of systems.
Fabricate and assemble structural and functional components of refrigeration systems, using hand tools, power tools, and welding equipment.
Water temperature gauges
Water levelsAll Tools
Volt-ohm meters VOM
Vibration analyis equipment
Two way radios
Telescoping boom trucks
Socket wrench sets
Side cutting pliers
Service manifold sets
Screw extractor sets
Refrigerant oil pumps
Refrigerant leak detectors
Recovery and recycle units
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Phase rotation meters
Open end wrenches
Material alignment jigs
Lug crimping tool dies
Infrared thermography cameras and display units
Hold down clamps
Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers
Gas pressure gauges
Fall arrest lines
Electrical frequency indicators
Drill bit sets
Computer diagnostic devices
Carbon monoxide evaluators
Carbon dioxide CO2 testers
Belt tension indicators
Air volume test equipment
Air flow hoods
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Building automation software
Facility energy management software
Johnson Controls Metasys
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.