How to become a Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter

Automotive air conditioning fitters install and repair air conditioning units in various types of vehicles and machinery, such as cars, trucks, vans and tractors.

Personal requirements of a Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Aptitude for mechanical work
  • Able to keep up to date with technological change
  • Problem-solving skills.

Education & Training for a Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter

To become an automotive air conditioning fitter you usually have to complete a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

National environmental legislation requires those who work with refrigerant chemicals to possess special handling and/or trading licences issued by the Australian Refrigeration Council ( Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry. See the Learning pathways section for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter

Automotive air conditioning fitters:

  • install, fit and connect the unit to the electrical wiring and engine
  • fill the unit with refrigerant and test it for leaks and malfunctions
  • carry out maintenance work on existing units, including testing, fault finding, dismantling, repair or replacement of faulty parts, reassembly and final testing.

Working conditions for a Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter

Most of the work is done in a workshop.

Employment Opportunities for a Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter

Automotive air conditioning fitters usually work in specialised workshops. They may specialise in the installation, repair and servicing of passenger cars, trucks, buses and coaches, or other heavy vehicles. They may also work for motor vehicle dealers, the minerals industry, public works and transport, private firms with large fleets of vehicles, and defence, communications and energy supply authorities. Some automotive air conditioning fitters establish their own businesses.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:


NSW NSW 15.8%

NT NT 2.5%

QLD QLD 34.5%

SA SA 8.5%

TAS TAS 1.7%

VIC VIC 23.1%

WA WA 13.9%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 98.9%

Female 1.1%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 4.1%

20-24 - 14.8%

25-34 - 28.5%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 18.6%

55-59 - 2.8%

60-64 - 7.6%

65 and Over - 0.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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