Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technical Officer

Working as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technical Officer you would develop systems and select equipment for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and/or refrigeration systems.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 920 weighting points

  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Compile and produce an energy sector detailed report
  • Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
  • Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
  • Identify building techniques, methods and materials used in energy sector work activities
  • Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan
  • Provide solutions to basic engineering computational problems
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • Analyse the operation of HVAC air and hydronic systems
  • Analyse the psychrometric performance of HVAC/R systems
  • Analyse the thermodynamic performance of HVAC/R systems
  • Determine noise and vibration encountered in HVAC/R applications
  • Establish heat loads for commercial refrigeration and/or air conditioning applications
  • Establish the thermodynamic parameters of refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Evaluate thermodynamic and fluid parameters of refrigeration systems
  • Produce HVAC/R system design drawings
  • Develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues in the energy sector

Elective Units – 680 weighting points

  • Deliver a service to customers
  • Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus
  • Maintain documentation
  • Provide quotations for installation or service jobs
  • Use engineering applications software on personal computers
  • Estimate electrotechnology projects
  • Produce HVAC/R control system diagrams
  • Select basic commercial refrigeration system equipment, components and accessories
  • Prepare tender submissions for electrotechnology projects
  • Design commercial refrigeration systems and select components
  • Design control systems for refrigeration or heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • Design heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and select components
  • Design hydrocarbon refrigerated systems
  • Evaluate and report on building services energy management systems
  • Evaluate and report on the indoor air quality of buildings


Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 16608

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/3/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technical Officer - UEE51120
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classification T *
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship
T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 29/3/2022, rounded estimates for October 2020 to September 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 342111

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only.

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