Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic

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Certificate of Qualification 313A
❝ I enjoy the versatility needed to be able to fix any air conditioning or heating problem that comes my way.❞
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic install, maintain, repair and overhaul residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication skills, reading & numeracy

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to read and understand blueprints & complex instructions

  • Manual dexterity & mechanical aptitude

  • Physical strength & stamina

  • Ability to lift heavy materials and stand for long periods

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma

  • Grade 12 Math and Physics

  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry

  • Valid unrestricted ‘G’ Driver’s License

Apprenticeship Program

5-6 years, includes technical training and on-the-job training of 9,000 hours. Red Seal Trade certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.


  • Remove refrigerants from refrigeration & air conditioning systems

  • Install, remove, recycle, store and dispose of refrigerants

  • Transport, handle and use refrigerants & other dangerous goods

  • Use electrical and other measuring & testing devices

  • Solder, braze, weld and use other pipe-joining techniques

  • Work with refrigeration & air conditioning units, appliances and accessories designed for the use of natural or propane gas as a fuel for heating or cooling that do not exceed 400,000 BTU (117 kW) input

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

$25.28 – $63.20

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Did you know?

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanics need to be multi-talented to understand the wide range of equipment used in the variety of refrigeration and air conditioning systems.


United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada