How to become a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Draftsperson

Refrigeration and air conditioning draftspersons design and produce working drawings of mechanical systems for refrigeration and air conditioning systems within a building project so that they can be manufactured, constructed and installed.

Personal requirements of a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Draftsperson

  • Enjoy technical and design activities
  • Aptitude for problem-solving
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Willing to accept responsibility and supervise other people
  • Normal colour vision

Education & Training for a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Draftsperson

To become a refrigeration and air conditioning draftsperson you usually have to complete a VET qualification in drafting (air conditioning and mechanical services) or engineering technology - air-conditioning and refrigeration. Entry to these courses may require employment in a mechanical services drafting office. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Duties & Tasks of a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Draftsperson

Refrigeration and air conditioning draftspersons may perform the following tasks:

  • design and produce relevant working drawings
  • liaise with equipment suppliers, site personnel and project managers
  • coordinate with other service contractors involved in the project and production of accurate drawings
  • site measuring
  • attend site meetings.

Working conditions for a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Draftsperson

Refrigeration and air conditioning draftspersons work predominantly in the computer-aided design (CAD) environment and often work closely with professional engineers and tradespeople.

Employment Opportunities for a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Draftsperson

Refrigeration and air conditioning draftspersons are employed mainly by mechanical contracting companies, government agencies and installation, service-maintenance and manufacturing firms. The growing awareness of energy efficiency has led to an increase in the demand for systems that maximise performance and energy efficiency but are easy to build and maintain.

Additional Information
Graduates may be eligible for associate membership of Engineers Australia. See www.engineersaustralia.org.au for more details.
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