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Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
District Of Columbia

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Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.

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Currently Employed: 290

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.38 - $34.28

Typical Annual Salary: $54,900 - $71,300

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Adjust valves according to specifications and charge system with proper type of refrigerant by pumping the specified gas or fluid into the system.
  • Observe and test system operation, using gauges and instruments.
  • Test lines, components, and connections for leaks.
  • Adjust or replace worn or defective mechanisms and parts and reassemble repaired systems.
  • Dismantle malfunctioning systems and test components, using electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic testing equipment.
  • Braze or solder parts to repair defective joints and leaks.
  • Perform mechanical overhauls and refrigerant reclaiming.
  • Keep records of repairs and replacements made and causes of malfunctions.
  • Install expansion and control valves, using acetylene torches and wrenches.
  • Install wiring to connect components to an electric power source.

tools & technology

  • Flowmeters
  • Levels
  • Platform lift
  • Power drills
  • Pressure indicators

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Facilities management software

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