Career outlook for refrigeration and air conditioning engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
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What's it like?
You would design, install and repair cooling systems in buildings so they are safe and effective.
You could specialise in refrigeration. You’d then work on cooling systems in places like:
- Food processing plants
If you instead specialise in air conditioning, you would install and maintain the systems that control the air quality, temperature and humidity inside modern buildings. These include offices, schools and leisure complexes.
Whichever area you work in, you would:
- Survey the buildings where cooling systems are to be fitted
- Discuss requirements with customers
- Produce quotes for work
- Design and install systems
- Run quality checks to make sure systems work properly and safely
- Diagnose and fix faults
- Do planned maintenance
You would also advise customers on how to reduce their energy consumption. You’d be working with renewable energy technologies and the special types of gas used in systems that do not damage the Earth’s atmosphere.
You need to be able to follow technical drawings, building plans and other instructions. It would be important to understand and adopt safe working practices.
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