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Working As A Refrigeration Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Refrigeration Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Refrigeration Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.5%

Unknown

14.8%

Female

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Carrier

25.0%

German

12.5%

Italian

12.5%
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Refrigeration Engineer Education

Schools

Lincoln Technical Institute

9.1%

Apex Technical School

9.1%

Garden City Community College

9.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.1%

Evergreen State College

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Universal Technical Institute

6.1%

Seattle Central Community College

6.1%

The Academy

6.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.1%

Southern Crescent Technical College

3.0%

Michigan Technological University

3.0%

Spokane Community College

3.0%

Pima Community College

3.0%

Washington State University

3.0%

University of Memphis

3.0%

Eastern Washington University

3.0%

St. Philip's College

3.0%

Bellingham Technical College

3.0%

University of South Florida

3.0%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

23.4%

Mechanical Engineering

17.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

16.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.4%

Engineering

5.7%

Business

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Management

2.8%

Music

2.1%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Marine Engineering

2.1%

Nursing Assistants

1.4%

Fine Arts

1.4%

Educational Leadership

1.4%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

Systems Engineering

0.7%

Political Science

0.7%

Surveying Engineering

0.7%
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Degrees

Other

36.3%

Bachelors

24.8%

Associate

13.4%

Masters

8.9%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

5.1%

License

4.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
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Best Paying Company
Crane Co.
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.3 years
How much does a Refrigeration Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Refrigeration Engineer in the United States is $84,374 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Refrigeration Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Refrigeration Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Asheville, NC Sep 03, 2013 $95,000
Senior Refrigeration Engineer Mile High Equipment LLC Denver, CO Mar 16, 2015 $93,000
Senior Refrigeration Engineer Mile High Equipment LLC Denver, CO Apr 27, 2015 $93,000
Senior Refrigeration Engineer Mile High Equipment, LLC Denver, CO Apr 27, 2015 $93,000
Senior Refrigeration Engineer H&K International, Inc. Mesquite, TX Jan 03, 2014 $92,700
Senior Refrigeration Engineer H&K Dallas, Inc. Mesquite, TX Jan 15, 2014 $92,700
Refrigeration Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Asheville, NC Sep 30, 2014 $92,251
Refrigeration Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Asheville, NC Sep 15, 2014 $90,219
Refrigeration Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific Asheville, NC Jun 23, 2016 $90,219 -
$102,600
Refrigeration Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Asheville, NC Oct 25, 2013 $88,955
Refrigeration Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Asheville, NC Oct 28, 2010 $85,000
Refrigeration Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Asheville, NC Apr 06, 2016 $84,100 -
$156,300
Senior Refrigeration Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Asheville, NC Sep 03, 2013 $80,000 -
$100,000
Industrial Refrigeration Engineer JBS Souderton, Inc. Souderton, PA Feb 13, 2015 $80,000
Industrial Refrigeration Engineer Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary Souderton, PA Feb 13, 2015 $80,000
Refrigeration Engineer Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions, Inc. Miramar, FL Mar 03, 2014 $76,697
Refrigeration Engineer Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Jan 06, 2014 $76,697
Refrigeration Engineer Manager Creative Thermal Solutions, Inc. Urbana, IL May 01, 2011 $75,000
Refrigeration Engineer Manitowoc Food Service Companies, Inc. Columbus, GA Apr 27, 2009 $75,000
Refrigerating Engineer Bogopa Enterprise, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $65,000
Refrigeration Engineer Research Products Corporation Madison, WI Sep 22, 2010 $65,000 -
$80,000
Refrigeration Engineer Raffield Fisheries, Inc. Port Saint Joe, FL Oct 01, 2012 $62,610
Refrigeration Engineer Raffield Fissheries, Inc. Port Saint Joe, FL Oct 01, 2012 $62,610
Hvac/Refrigeration Engineer Suninjin LLC New York, NY Aug 23, 2016 $61,589 -
$61,600
Refrigeration Engineer Schoep's Ice Cream Co., Inc. Madison, WI Feb 01, 2010 $61,465
Industrial Refrigeration Engineer Dry Coolers, Inc. Oxford, MI Oct 09, 2016 $60,819
Refrigeration Engineer Turbo Air, Inc. Carson, CA Oct 01, 2011 $59,730
Refrigeration Engineer MPW Engineering, LLC Tulsa, OK Apr 01, 2014 $59,550

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Top Skills for A Refrigeration Engineer

  1. Hvac
  2. Emergency Repairs
  3. Electrical Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked as a Power Plant operator maintaining boilers and HVAC for the site including troubleshooting and repairs.
  • Monitored operations and performed emergency repairs on seafood processing plant ammonia (NH3) refrigeration systems.
  • Conducted functional tests for fire alarm systems, Assisted journeyman electrician with installation, repairs and maintenance of electrical systems.
  • Maintained, operated and troubleshoot Ammonia and Freon systems.
  • Operate and maintain Two (2) 590 Ton, 2 stage Lithium Bromide Absorption A/C units.

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