Refrigeration mechanics work in a variety of facilities to repair, install, inspect, and maintain air conditioning and refrigeration appliances. These appliances may include exhaust systems, kitchen and food storage equipment, commercial grade washers and dryers, and heating systems. The day-to-day duties of refrigeration mechanics include checking for leaks in gas and refrigeration appliances, ensuring the movement and lubrication of bearings, and inspecting the condition of belts involved in appliances' motors. They assist other mechanics in their organization with electrical work, refrigeration and cooling unit installation, inspection and maintenance of gas lines and valves, and plumbing. Additionally, refrigeration mechanics are in charge of checking all electrical equipment to identify problems in control mechanisms, circuits, breakers, and valves. Depending on seniority, they may also supervise and train other mechanics. Most refrigeration mechanic positions are full time and may include benefits such as vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, and health benefits.
Refrigeration mechanic positions typically require experience in refrigeration and HVAC. A previous journeyman or apprentice position may be required, and at least three years of experience is typically preferred. Good customer service skills may be necessary if the mechanic interacts with clients. Proficient written and verbal communication skills are needed to effectively report, document, and inform supervisors of appliances' condition. Refrigeration mechanics must be able to understand product manuals, blueprints, diagrams, and schematics as well.
Refrigeration Mechanic Tasks
Identify, order and install parts, new equipment or other needed items.
Interpret mechanical and construction diagrams to ensure safe set-up and operation of units.
Inspect, diagnose, maintain and repair refrigeration units.
Assist with selection, connection, and installation of refrigeration units.