43-Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics

Job Title: 

Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics

Job Description: 

Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair air conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment.


Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems and combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems. Refrigeration and air conditioning may be self?employed or employed by refrigeration and air conditioning contractors, utilities, operations and maintenance departments of various facilities.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • interpreting blueprints, drawings or other specifications
  • assembling, installing and repairing components such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, switches and gauges for air conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • connecting piping and equipment by bolting, riveting, welding or brazing
  • testing systems, diagnosing faults and performing routine maintenance or servicing
  • advise clients on different refrigeration/air-conditioning systems
  • consult with clients and refrigeration/air-conditioning design engineers about system installation
  • install or oversee the installation of refrigeration/air-conditioning systems
  • check that systems comply with their design
  • test and balance systems once they are installed
  • repair and maintain existing refrigeration/air-conditioning systems
  • diagnose problems in existing refrigeration/air-conditioning systems

Knowledge of laws, regulations, standards and codes of the UAE and specific Emirates related to refrigeration and air conditioning in the industrial, commercial and residential industry sectors and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness

  • Knowledge of materials, construction processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective installation of refrigeration and air conditioning in the industrial, commercial and residential industry sectors
  • Knowledge of tools, equipment, and materials common used in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning in the industrial, commercial and residential industry sectors, and their usage techniques to produce high quality work
  • Knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques related to the field of refrigeration and air conditioning in the industrial, commercial and residential industry sectors
  • Knowledge of principles of drafting in the interpretation and production of sketches, including survey and plot plans, architectural, building, piping, mechanical, refrigeration and air conditioning and electrical drawings
  • Using mathematics to solve problem
  • Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Solving and identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Installing, repairing, modifying, testing and/or removing refrigeration and air conditioning systems, products associated devices and which includes preparing, undertaking and completing such work to the required building code standard
  • Using proprietary/specialist and specific industry sector tools and equipment in performing and delivering specialist, unique and/or standard quality services
  • Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Flexibility to work effectively in a variety of situations and adapt to new ways of doing things
  • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience including understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant industry sector IT applications and programs
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Team work or individual - job may require him to work alone or in conjunction with other support or related personnel.
  • Work Context: 

    Work indoors and outdoors: on construction sites or container ships, in commercial buildings such as hospitals, supermarkets and industrial and process factories/warehouses as well as residential buildings. They can work in warm or cool conditions. They may also work at heights on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces such as ceilings.


    Secondary School Certificate, Certificate in refrigeration and air conditioning or related field of work, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 - 4 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Al Futtaim Group, Bin Humoodah Group, Abu Dhabi Farms Service Centre

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Air conditioning equipment mechanic - Refrigeration mechanic
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Heating and air conditioning mechanics and installers - Refrigeration mechanics and installers - Service technicians - Heating, ventilation, air conditioning service technician (HVAC service technician) - Heating, ventilation, air conditioning technician (HVAC Technician) - Heating, ventilation, air conditioning installer (HVAC Installer) - HVAC Specialist (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning specialist) - HVAC Technician (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technician) - Air conditioning technician (AC technician) - Heating, ventilation, air conditioning mechanic (HVAC mechanic) - HVAC installer (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installer) mechanic

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi