Don't SWEAT Your Future
As long as homes and buildings need to be cooled, there will be jobs for the air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.
What Is Involved In The Job?
Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics install, troubleshoot and repair equipment from the smallest window unit to the largest climate control systems in skyscrapers. Ice machines, walk-in coolers, refrigerated water coolers and even the ice floor for professional ice skaters are installed, maintained and serviced by the refrigeration mechanic.
The Trident area has an abundance of potential employers for trained air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics. Salaries vary, depending on the level of training and experience. Most air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics start out as helpers and acquire skills by working on the job with experienced mechanics.
What Skills Do I Need?
The potential student must possess good interpersonal and communication skills. You must be able to stoop, bend, climb and work in awkward positions. Good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and the ability to concentrate are required. Patience and common sense are a must.
The US Department of Labor has estimated that over 100,000 air conditioning jobs go unfilled every year because of a shortage of trained technicians. The field is expanding rapidly and with the new integrated electronic systems and microprocessors, it is more challenging than ever.
What Does Trident Offer?
Associate Degree: General Technolgy - Associate in Occupational Technology
Certificate Program: Industrial Technology - Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanics