Refrigeration / Air Conditioning Mechanic

OFO No: 642702

Other names for Refrigeration Mechanic:

  • Air-conditioning / Cooling / Heating / Ventilation
  • Air-conditioning / Cooling / Heating / Ventilation
  • Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Electrician
  • Cold Storage Maintenance Serviceman
  • Electrical Mechanic
  • Heating Control Mechanic
  • Hvac Control Technician / Fitter
  • Refrigeration Fitter
  • Refrigeration Mechanic (Commercial)
  • Refrigeration Mechanic (Industrial)
  • Refrigeration Mechanician


Youtube clip of a Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Technician

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Refrigeration and Air-conditioning & Mechanic?

They can work in one or two fields:

  • Refrigeration
  • Air-conditioners
  • Ventilation systems

They install, repair and maintain the air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment used in a wide range of areas, for example: large computer rooms, hospitals, supermarkets, large corporation offices, humidors (places where they keep cigars) etc. Actually, anywhere the temperature of place must be regulated, that’s where a Refrigeration / Air Conditioning Mechanic will find work.

A good knowledge of electrical principles is essential as Refrigeration Mechanics must be able to trace a fault and make repairs and adjustments. These may be electrical or mechanical.

Refrigeration Mechanics may work in workshops or on the premises of refrigeration or air-conditioning companies.

What does a Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Mechanic do?

  • reads and interprets mechanical, electrical and architectural drawings
  • installs new equipment
  • is responsible for the electrical wiring of the installation
  • solders and copper welds equipment
  • maintains specific temperature and humidity conditions
  • traces faults and fixes them
  • services and does routine maintenance on equipment
  • keeps records of work done

Are you …?

  • good with your hands?
  • good at mathematics?
  • mechanically inclined?
  • electrically inclined?
  • observant?
  • responsible?
  • safety-conscious?
  • willing to work unusual hours?
  • able to read mechanical drawings and technical information?

How do I become a Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Mechanic?


You can teach yourself or learn from someone who is already qualified.

If you learn the trade in a specific company you will be able to work for THAT company or kind of company.

Example: If you learn the trade in a repair shop – you may find it difficult to be employed elsewhere.


  • Apprenticeship (training at a TVET college and practical workplace experience under a qualified artisan)
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership: Air-conditioning, Refrigeration & Ventilation Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate (Engineering Studies) N1, 2 and N3
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Refrigeration / Air Conditioning Mechanic without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • To study these at an FET (TVET) college, you will need Maths.


  • ACRA: Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Academy (merSETA accredited)
  • SAIRAC: The South African Institute of. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic … or … Pipe Fitter

Is becoming a Refrigeration Mechanic & Air-conditioning the right career choice for me?



In Demand Maths Required Qualification Required