Trades & Services

Airconditioning & Heating Mechanic

Air conditioning & heating mechanics install, test, service and repair heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

  • Entry-level education


  • Job outlook

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What does an Airconditioning & Heating Mechanic do?

Air conditioning & heating mechanics assemble, install, test, service and repair industrial, commercial and domestic heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in homes, shops, factories, office buildings, hospitals, and supermarkets.


Work activities

As an air conditioning & heating mechanic, you might:

  • follow plans and specifications to install, commission, service and maintain equipment
  • drill holes, install mounting brackets and cut, bend and join piping
  • install parts such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, air filters, switches, controls and gauges
  • install and connect piping
  • check that parts are installed, lined up and fit properly
  • test systems for leaks and then fill them with refrigerant according to relevant standards and regulations.

Key skills and interests

To become an air conditioning & heating mechanic, you would need:

  • an aptitude for technical work
  • practical skills to work with hand and power tools
  • to be able to work patiently, systematically and thoroughly
  • normal colour vision
  • good communication skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would normally work a standard number of hours, Monday to Friday. You may also be on a roster for out-of-hours emergency work, which could include evenings and weekends.


You would travel from one job to the next in your local or regional area but if you work for a national company, you may have to work away from home at certain times.

You could work in all types of buildings, for example supermarkets, hospitals or shopping centres. Depending on what type of work you specialise in, you might also work on construction sites, which could be dusty, noisy and hot or cold. Some work may be in cramped and uncomfortable conditions in order to access air conditioning and refrigeration units.


How to become an Airconditioning & Heating Mechanic?

Entry Level Education

To become an air conditioning & heating mechanic you could complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in air-conditioning and refrigeration, or undertake VET qualifications in air-conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

If you work with refrigerant chemicals, legislation requires you to possess special handling and/or trading licences issued by the Australian Refrigeration Council.


Job outlook

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Overall employment of air conditioning & heating mechanics is projected to grow in line with the strong growth in building activity.

Opportunities are affected by the level of building and refurbishment activity, especially in the commercial and industrial sectors. While building activity continues to be strong, employment prospects should also be strong.


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