Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprenticeship
An Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprenticeship will prepare you for a job where you may assemble, install, service and repair industrial, commercial and domestic refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
With a qualification in the air conditioning and refrigeration trade you will become part of the essential Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning industry (HVAC). The demand for skilled HVAC technicians, or fridgies as they are affectionately known, is increasing every year due to the growing need for climate control in both residential and commercial spaces.
An aircon apprenticeship is perfect if you have an investigative mind and would like to do a variety of practical work including but not limited to plumbing, sheet metalwork and electrical diagnostics.
How Long is an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprenticeship?
The usual length of an air conditioning and refrigeration apprenticeship is 3-4 years, during which you’ll be paid to work and study.
In addition to gaining practical experience in a real world setting, you’ll complete a nationally accredited qualification UEE32220 Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration with a Registered Training Organisation such as TAFE.
What is an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician
The role of an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician includes several key responsibilities, including:
Installation: Setting up and installing new air conditioning and refrigeration systems, involving assembling components, such as compressors, motors, and pipes, and ensuring they are correctly connected and secured.
Maintenance: Performing routine checks and maintenance on existing systems to ensure they are operating efficiently and safely, such as cleaning filters, checking refrigerant levels, and ensuring all parts are in good working condition.
Repair: Diagnosing and fixing problems with air conditioning and refrigeration systems, ranging from minor adjustments and part replacements to more complex repairs involving electrical systems and refrigerant handling.
System design and modification: HVAC technicians may be involved in designing systems for new installations or modifying existing systems to improve efficiency or capacity.
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Salary
As a qualified Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician you can expect to earn between $90,000 and $105,000 in Australia. (Seek)
Apprentices learning the HVAC trade are typically paid under the Electrical Award, and salaries depend on a range of factors including commencement age and completion of Year 12, and can attract additional Modern Award inclusions, employer or host benefits, and relevant government support.
Indicative wages for an air conditioning and refrigeration apprentice in 2024:
Aged under 17 years: $555.63 to $897.27 per week
Aged 17 to 20 years: $609.01 to $897.27 per week
Aged over 21 years: $875.93 to $956.20 per week
Air conditioning qualifications are included on the Government's Australian Apprenticeships Priority List, which provides additional support payments to eligible apprentices in 2024.
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprentice Skill Requirements
If you're interested in becoming a fridgie, here are some skills and qualities that can help you succeed in the field:
- Mechanical Aptitude
An air conditioning and refrigeration apprentice should have a strong mechanical aptitude and the ability to use a variety of tools and equipment.
- Problem-solving Skills
You’ll need strong problem-solving skills and be able to troubleshoot issues with HVAC systems effectively.
- Attention to Detail
Attention to detail is essential in air conditioning and refrigeration work, as even a small mistake can have significant consequences.
- Physical Fitness
HVAC work can be physically demanding, so as an apprentice you should be physically fit and able to lift heavy equipment and work in challenging environments.
- Technical Aptitude
An air conditioning and refrigeration apprentice should have a strong technical aptitude and the ability to learn new technologies and systems in the HVAC industry.
- Safety Consciousness
An apprentice should be aware of safety protocols and follow them carefully to prevent accidents and injuries on the job.
Find an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprenticeship
Build a career with a bright future by applying for an air conditioning and refrigeration apprenticeship with MIGAS.
The demand for skilled HVAC technicians is growing, and by becoming an air conditioning and refrigeration apprentice you will be joining a rewarding trade specialisation.
Apply now to become an air conditioning and refrigeration apprentice and start your career in a growing industry.