Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

||Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

WHAT IS A REFRIGERATION & AIR CONDITIONING MECHANIC?

On a typical construction job, RACMs work with any type of primary or secondary refrigeration and air conditioning system, other than the duct work and sheet metal items associated with the system.

In other words, they:

  • Remove refrigerants from refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Install, remove, recycle, store and dispose of primary and secondary refrigerants
  • Transport, handle and use refrigerants and other dangerous goods
  • Use electrical and other measuring and testing devices
  • Solder, braze, weld and use other pipe-joining techniques
  • Maintain the equipment, including changing out controls, contactors, motors and compressors, repairing burnt or broken wires, or making upgrades to existing refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Work with refrigeration and 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
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  • On-the-Job Training

  • Earn $ While You Learn

  • Scholarships, Awards & Grants
  • Apprenticeship Loans

  • Employment Insurance

  • Income Tax Training Deductions

  • Alberta Bricklayers Union Local #1
    • Alberta Bricklayers Union Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan Scholarship
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Generalist Scholarship (3)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Reinforcing Scholarship (1)
    • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan - Top Ironworker Structural/Ornamental Scholarship (2)
  • Building Trades of Alberta
    • Building Trades of Alberta (2)
    • Al McCagherty Memorial Scholarship
    • Justin Slade Memorial Scholarship
    • UNITE HERE Local 47 Scholarship
    • Dennis Vaudrin Memorial Scholarship for Industrial Painters
    • Thomas Cronk Scholarship Concrete Finisher
    • Jack Starko Scholarship for Electricians
  • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association
    • Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association and Building Trades of Alberta Scholarship
  • Edmonton Pipe Trades United Association Local 488
    • Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund Local #488 Scholarship
  • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Local 110
    • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Scholarship
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local424/ Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta
    • Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
    • IBEW Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Asssocation Local 8
    • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #8 Scholarship (2)
  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488
    • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Scholarship
    • United Assocaition of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Benefit Trust Fund Scholarship
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School
    • U.A. Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School Scholarship
  • Building Trades of Alberta / Construction Labour Relations
    • Building Trades of Alberta/Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association RAP Scholarship
    • Construction Labour Relations- An Alberta Association/ Building Trades of Alberta RAP Scholarship
  • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan of Alberta
    • Alberta Ironworkers Local 720 and Local 725/ Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan RAP Scholarship
  • Labourers Local 92
    • LiUNA! Local 92 Scholarships (5)
  • Teamsters Local 362
    • 2018 Teamsters Canada Scholarship
  • International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen – Local 1
    • BAC Bates Scholarship

Skills & Abilities

The refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic trade is most rewarding to people who enjoy using their specialized skills in a variety of working conditions and working with little supervision.

To be successful in the trade, RACMs need:

  • The physical stamina required to:
    • Lift heavy pipes weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
    • Be on your feet for long periods
    • Sometimes work in cramped positions
  • Mechanical ability
  • The ability to work alone or with others
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Apprenticeship Training

The term of apprenticeship for a RACM is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may apply for a Prior Learning Assessment.

  • Best training facilities

  • Best trainers

  • Best skills training

  • Best safety training

  • Best cost: Free to members

Next Steps

To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, contact UA Local 488 Plumbers & Pipefitters..

For a quick summary of a career as a refrigeration & air conditioning mechanic, ask about the refrigeration & air conditioning mechanic trade card.

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