Upon successful completion of an apprenticeship program, the Journey-Level Refrigeration Technician will install, repair, overhaul and perform preventive maintenance on refrigeration systems of commercial and industrial buildings and manufacturing plants will little or no supervision.
The Journey-Level Refrigeration Technician performs breakdown and preventive maintenance of critical refrigeration equipment on a regular basis, many times in large commercial buildings or industrial plants. They are responsible for repairing refrigeration systems, lower and normal temperature cold storage equipment, and maintain refrigerant records in compliance with US EPA and SCAQMD mandated refrigeration record keeping. Their work includes, but is not limited to, process chillers, HVAC air handlers, central chillers, pumps and equipment and industrial control systems. Journey-Level Refrigeration Technicians become familiar with building automation systems and their components, and mechanical and electrical equipment. They gain knowledge of pumps, piping, plumbing components, electrical controls, compressors, vacuum pumps, and sanitary piping.
▸ Stationary Engineer
This advancement requires post-secondary training.
▸ Commercial Service Manager
Strong knowledge of HVAC/R and strong leadership and management skills would facilitate this move.
▸ Customer Sales Representative and Estimator
Sales experience would support this move.
▸ Building Automation Systems Technician
A degree in Building Automation Systems Technology would support this move.
▸ Test & Balance Technician
This advancement may require specialized training and certification.
▸ Equipment Manufacturer Representative
This advancement requires specialized manufacturer training.
▸ Mechanical Engineer w/HVAC Expertise
This path demands a mechanical engineering degree.
▸ Project Manager
This advance will likely require a bachelor’s degree and/or significant HVAC/R experience.