Pay for refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians varies depending on their experience and level of responsibility.
Refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians may earn more than this if they work overtime, are on call or are self-employed.
Source : Trade Me Jobs, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians may do some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians need to have :
Refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians :
They may travel within New Zealand and overseas to work on projects.
There are no specific entry requirements to become a refrigeration / air-conditioning technician.
To become a fully qualified refrigeration / air-conditioning technician you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Trade (Level 4).
The industry training organisation Competenz oversees refrigeration / air-conditioning apprenticeships.
Employers usually prefer refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians to have a driver's licence.
No specific secondary education is required for this job, but maths, physics, digital technologies and English to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.
For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme in engineering is a good way to gain industry experience.
Refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians need to be :
Useful experience for refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians includes :
Refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong as they may need to carry heavy refrigeration / air-conditioning equipment.
Qualified refrigeration / air-conditioning technicians need to be registered and licensed with the Electrical Workers Registration Board.
To work with compressed gas you must hold an approved filler compliance certificate.