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Working As A Refrigeration Mechanic

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $47,187

    Average Salary

What Does A Refrigeration Mechanic Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become A Refrigeration Mechanic

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Refrigeration Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

96.7%

Female

2.3%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

79.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

66.7%

Spanish

33.3%

Refrigeration Mechanic Education

Schools

Ferris State University

13.6%

Garden City Community College

12.1%

Lincoln Technical Institute

6.1%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

6.1%

Universal Technical Institute

6.1%

Wenatchee Valley College

6.1%

Refrigeration School Inc

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Clover Park Technical College

4.5%

Amarillo College

4.5%

Lanier Technical College

4.5%

State Technical College of Missouri

3.0%

Santa Fe Community College

3.0%

Alvin Community College

3.0%

Eastern Maine Community College

3.0%

Hinds Community College

3.0%

Community College of the Air Force

3.0%

University of California - Davis

3.0%

Atlanta Technical College

3.0%

Northern Michigan University

3.0%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

32.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

19.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.3%

Automotive Technology

7.3%

Business

5.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Education

3.6%

Engineering

2.4%

Management

1.6%

Precision Metal Working

1.6%

Curriculum And Instruction

1.6%

Engineering Technology

1.2%

Music

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Graphic Design

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Real Estate

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

47.7%

Certificate

18.2%

Associate

16.2%

Bachelors

8.4%

Diploma

6.2%

Masters

1.3%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Refrigeration Mechanics Mericle Mechanical, Inc. Placentia, CA Mar 18, 2011 $77,219 -
$83,480
Refrigeration Mechanics Mericle Mechanical Inc. Placentia, CA Jun 01, 2011 $76,960
Refrigeration Mechanics Mericle Mechanical Inc. Placentia, CA Jun 10, 2011 $76,960
Refrigeration Mechanic S.K. Market Inglewood, CA Sep 10, 2015 $54,683
Refrigeration Mechanic Lupu Food & Beverage, LLC.; DBA 'Maloney's Pub & Grill' Matawan, NJ Dec 21, 2015 $54,122
Refrigeration Mechanic S.K. Market Inglewood, CA Oct 15, 2014 $53,685
Refrigeration Mechanic Prime Mechanical Services, LLC Pompano Beach, FL Dec 02, 2010 $53,602
Refrigeration Mechanic S.K. Market Inglewood, CA Oct 16, 2014 $53,373
Refrigeration Mechanic Uintah Refrigeration & Electrical Farmington, UT May 26, 2015 $52,395
Heating, Air Cond. & Refrigration Mechanics & Installers Seville Condominium C/O Wolf Management New York, NY Nov 04, 2010 $48,193
Refrigeration Mechanic Bu Sung America Corp Compton, CA Dec 16, 2010 $47,632
Refrigeration Mechanic Bgyms, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ May 22, 2008 $47,542
Refrigeration Mechanic Bgyms, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Mar 21, 2008 $47,542
Refrigeration Mechanics Pine Lake Country Club Orchard Lake Village, MI Sep 20, 2010 $47,187
Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer Pacific Eagle Trading, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 14, 2015 $46,000
Refrigeration Mechanics Mike's Refrigeration, Inc. CA Feb 23, 2011 $44,782
Refrigeration Mechanic Karmit Wholesale Inc. New York, NY Jan 30, 2008 $43,243
Refrigeration Mechanic Pataro Mechanical LLC Brewster, NY Mar 13, 2008 $43,243
Refrigeration Mechanic Pataro Mechanical LLC Brewster, NY Jan 10, 2008 $43,243
Refrigeration Mechanic Tri-State Vending & Food Service Inc. Boonton, NJ Jan 07, 2010 $41,740

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Top Skills for A Refrigeration Mechanic

AmmoniaRefrigerationSystemHvac-RCentrifugalChillersAirCompressorsBoilerRoomRefrigerationEquipmentPreventiveMaintenanceProgramIceMachinesSafetyRefrigerationUnitsAirHandlersPLCHandToolsHazmatScrewCompressorsKitchenEquipmentHeatPumpsThermoTraneAirConditioners

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Top Refrigeration Mechanic Skills

  1. Ammonia Refrigeration System
  2. Hvac-R
  3. Centrifugal Chillers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated, inspected, serviced, and maintained industrial ammonia refrigeration systems.
  • Diagnose and Repair of Fume Hoods, HVAC-R Maintenance and Repair, Repair Light Fixtures, Electrical/Mechanical Repair as needed.
  • Repaired and maintained the following production and packaging equipment, ammonia refrigeration, boilers, air compressors.
  • Maintain and service all components in boiler room as well as air compressors.
  • Operated forklift as needed to access refrigeration equipment.

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