Profession heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration engineering technician

    heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration engineering technician

Refrigeration mechanics service, adjust, test and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems and a variety of refrigeration equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration engineering technician

  • Gather information about the functioning of the refrigeration system.
  • Analyze and interpret the (malfunctioning) history of the system.
  • Check the state and condition of the refrigeration system.
  • Perform preventive and corrective maintenance services, for example check and test leak detection devices, replace parts where necessary.
  • Analyze and interpret defects in refrigeration systems.
  • Repair malfunctioning refrigeration systems.
  • Control and test whether defects are adequately repaired.
  • Put refrigeration systems into operation (e.g. charge with refrigerant, adjust the thermostat and pressure control).
  • Dismantle (parts of) refrigeration systems.
  • Register relevant information, for example by completing a log book or forms.

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  • Thermodynamics

    The branch of physics that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy..

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Hydraulics

    The power transmission systems that use the force of flowing liquids to transmit power.

  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration parts

    The different parts constituing heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems such as the different valves, fans, compressors, condensers, filters and other components.

  • Refrigerants

    The characteristics and properties of the different fluids used in heat pump and refrigeration cycles.


  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • Maintain records of maintenance interventions

    Keep written records of all repairs and maintenance interventions undertaken, including information on the parts and materials used, etc.

  • Handle refrigerant transfer pumps

    Handle the different transfer pumps used to keep a refrigerant in the liquid phase at the right pressure for an optimal accuracy and speed of the charging station.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Conduct routine machinery checks

    Check machinery and equipment to ensure reliable performance during use and operations in worksites.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Monitor utility equipment

    Monitor equipment which provides utility services such as power, heat, refrigeration, and steam, in order to ensure they are functional, operate according to regulations, and to check for faults.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

Optional knowledge and skills

use personal protection equipment perform maintenance on installed equipment install heating boiler install ventilation equipment drain hazardous liquids examine engineering principles install air conditioning device install heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration ducts install heating furnace install firestops arrange equipment repairs lay pipe installation install electrical and electronic equipment lead a team resolve equipment malfunctions