Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanics work with primary or secondary refrigeration and air conditioning systems. They install, troubleshoot and repair systems such as residential central air conditioning and commercial & industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

You have good physical strength.

You like working with machinery.

You enjoy careful & exacting work.


  • 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

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy
  • Physical strength
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Dexterity
  • Mechanical skills

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Hourly Pay

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Construction Workers Needed

55,810 Construction Workers needed by 2030*

*BuildForce Canada

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.