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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

As long as homes and buildings need to be cooled, there will be job opportunities for air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

What can I do in air conditioning and refrigeration?

Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics install, troubleshoot and repair equipment from the smallest window unit to the largest climate control systems in enormous facilities. Mechanics install, maintain and service ice machines, walk-in coolers, refrigerated water coolers and even the ice floor used by ice skaters and hockey players.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Good interpersonal and communication skills are important. 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.

Where can I work?

The tri-county area has an abundance of potential employers for trained air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics. Mechanics work in residential homes, factories, office buildings, hospitals and schools. Salaries vary, depending on the level of training and experience. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for mechanics is good, especially for trained candidates with computer, electronics and troubleshooting skills.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

Courses in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program combine classroom study and hands-on training to prepare you for employment.