How to become a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Draftsperson

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 for 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. 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:

  • 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.

Tasks

  • Recording causes of malfunctioning and action taken.
  • Drilling holes, installing mounting brackets and cutting, bending and threading piping.
  • Removing test gas and fluid using vacuum pumps, and filling with refrigerant.
  • Filling systems with gas or fluid to check for leaks.
  • Adjusting system controls and mechanisms and reassembling systems.
  • Installing and repairing components such as compressors, motors, condensers, evaporators, switches and gauges, and copper lines for steam, gas, refrigerant, compressed air, oil and chilled water.
  • Establishing job requirements from drawings and specifications, and laying out installation reference points.
  • Checking and overhauling refrigeration systems, diagnosing faults and repairing and replacing defective components.
  • Test-operating refrigeration systems, checking mechanisms and making adjustments.
  • Bolting, soldering, riveting, welding and brazing pipes to connect equipment, and checking alignment and accuracy of fit.

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.


Specializations

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.

  • Average age
    Average age
    33 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
    Stable
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    1% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    44 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
    $1,400
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Medium skill
  • Unemployment
    Unemployment
    Lower unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    89% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    28,500 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 1.7%
    NSW: 33.6%
    NT: 2.0%
    QLD: 22.6%
    SA: 8.0%
    TAS: 1.4%
    VIC: 18.3%
    WA: 12.4%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 6.7%
    20-24: 15.7%
    25-34: 30.3%
    35-44: 19.9%
    45-54: 16.1%
    55-59: 6%
    60-64: 3.6%
    65 and Over: 1.8%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 4.9%
    Bachelor degree: 2.3%
    Below Year 10: 0%
    Certificate III/IV: 71.8%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0.4%
    Year 10 and below: 5.4%
    Year 11: 3.2%
    Year 12: 11.9%
    Years 11 & 10: 6.8%
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