Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Architecture & Construction > Maintenance/Operations

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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.


Wire strippers

Wire cutters

Wire brushes


Watt transducers

Water temperature gauges

Water levels

All Tools

Voltage simulators

Volt-ohm meters VOM

Vibration analyis equipment

Vernier calipers


Valve wrenches

Vacuum pumps

Vacuum gauges

Utility knives

Two way radios

Tube cutters

Transit levels

Transfer pumps

Torque wrenches

Tin snips

Thermocouple testers

Temperature simulators

Temperature gauges

Telescoping boom trucks

Tape measures

Tap sets


Swaging tools

Strobe tachometers


Staging winches

Staging equipment



Soldering irons

Soldering guns

Socket wrench sets

Smoke testers


Side cutting pliers


Service manifold sets



Screw extractor sets


Scale rules


Safety harnesses

Safety goggles

Safety glasses

Safety belts



Refrigerant oil pumps

Refrigerant leak detectors

Recovery and recycle units

Reciprocating saws





Programmable logic controllers PLC

Pressure simulators

Precision levels

Power washers

Power saws

Power drills


Portable refractometers


Platform lifts

Pitot tubes

Pipe wrenches

Pipe threaders

Pipe dies

Pipe cutters

Phase rotation meters

Personal computers

Oxygen testers

Open end wrenches

Nut drivers



Micron gauges



Mechanical stethoscopes

Material alignment jigs


Magnehelic gauges

Lug crimping tool dies

Litmus papers

Laser printers

Laser levels

Laptop computers


Labeling machines

Knockout punches


Infrared thermography cameras and display units

Industrial vacuums

Image scanners

Humidity simulators

Hole saws

Hold down clamps


Handheld thermometers

Hand trucks

Hand sprayers

Hand drills



Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers

Grease guns

Glue guns

Gas pressure gauges



Flaring tools

Fish tapes

Fin combs

Feeler gauges

Fall arrest lines

Electrical frequency indicators

Electric drills

Drill bit sets

Draft gauges

Dial indicators

Decibel meters


Current simulators


Cordless drills

Conduit benders

Computer diagnostic devices

Compound gauges

Combustion analyzers

Cold chisels

Charging manifolds

Charging cylinders

Chalk lines

Caulking guns

Carbon monoxide evaluators

Carbon dioxide CO2 testers

Capacitance testers


Bubble levels

Brazing equipment

Bolt cutters

Black lights

Belt tension indicators




Allen wrenches

Air volume test equipment

Air flow hoods

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Acetylene torches


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.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Equipment Selection

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.

Active Listening

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

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.

Service Orientation

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.

Systems Analysis

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

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Occupation Sections



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.

English Language

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.

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