Trade spotlight – Air conditioning & refrigeration mechanic

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration mechanics work on a variety of tasks including cutting, bending and threading pipe, attaching piping to systems, filling with gas or fluids and testing for leaks.

Martin De La Mare one of our 2nd-year apprentices in this field says, “this industry is versatile with many different skills to learn and constant new challenges.” Martin works specifically on supermarket and commercial refrigeration, installation and maintenance of bar and beer systems in pubs and clubs.

“I really enjoy the mechanical aspect of this trade and I love the fact that this is a trade with a growing future and many options,” said Martin.

One of those options which many are not aware of, is that, once you become trade qualified in this industry you may consider further study to become dual qualified as an electrician. This is possible as some of the TAFE studies overlap with the Electrotechnology electrician qualification.

Martin is currently hosted with Alliance Refrigeration Pty Ltd and says “Alliance is a great company to work for. I can see my future here and the people are great to work with.”

Gary Wright of Alliance Refrigeration Pty Ltd said “We are a young company continuing to grow and we see young people as the source of our continuing success as they develop into qualified tradesmen. We are passionate about helping young people in this trade and our strong relationship with 1300apprentice allows us to achieve this.”

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