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Job sheet: Refrigeration

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician / Engineer

The HVACR industry in New Zealand is relatively small in comparison to other industry sectors, however it covers a wide range of highly technical activities which are critical to the NZ economy such as:

  • Industrial refrigeration (plants)
  • Commercial refrigeration (eg supermarkets)
  • Split system air-conditioning (residential and industrial)
  • Mechanical services (known as heating, ventilating and air-conditioning or HVAC servicing hospital factories, schools, homes, laboratories and office buildings)

The basic qualification is the National Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning level 4 (upwards).

People who have achieved this qualification and have related experience are able to install, maintain, service, and commission refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment.

Entry into this career:

  • School Certificate or NCEA equivalent maths and science are recommended for those seeking an apprenticeship
  • 3 years secondary school desirable; experience within an engineering or electrical environment desirable; maturity and desire to up-skill or retrain; possession of another trade qualification desirable
  • Bursary or NCEA equivalent English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Technical Drawing are preferred for entry to a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree

There is always a demand for experienced qualified refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians/engineers, and also for apprentices who have the right attitude and aptitude to enter a very rewarding industry and career.

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