Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineer

In 1882 the first refrigerated shipment of frozen meat left New Zealand for Britain. That's just one example of how the technology this industry supports has transformed our country's economy.

Careers information

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What do they do?

Refrigeration and air conditioning engineers manufacture, install and maintain the systems used to store and transport perishable items such as food and medicine. Your work environment can change one day to the next from a shipping container to an apartment block.

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A typical day

Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.

Work can include installing and maintaining refrigeration and air conditioning systems in office buildings, hospitals and factories, through to refrigeration engineering in warehouses, ships, containers and trucks.

You are likely to work in many different locations from day to day.

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How to become a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer?

You train through an on-the-job apprenticeship to become a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer and you will learn a whole range of skills.

     Sound like you?

Study areas
Attributes
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Analysing, researching or problem-solving
  • Making and fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (outdoors)
  • Different places from time to time

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:

 

  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English

 

 

 

  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Engineer
  • Air Conditioning Systems Designer
  • Industrial Refrigeration Engineer
  • Commercial Refrigeration Engineer
  • Transport Refrigeration Engineer

 

 
  • Specialist Engineer
  • Supervisor
 

 

  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner

 

 
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