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Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Mechanics

Descriptions & Duties

  • Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Mechanics fit, assemble, install, commission, maintain and repair the air-conditioning/ unitary air-conditioning/ air system/ thermal insulation/ water systems.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Technical knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering

Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Mechanics install and work on complicated systems. Workers must understand related components and be able to properly assemble and disassemble them for repair.

Troubleshooting knowledge and skills

Refrigeration/ air-conditioning/ ventilation systems involve many intricate parts. To repair malfunctioning systems, Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Mechanics must be able to identify problems and then determine the best way to repair it.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Completion of relevant training courses, or an apprenticeship in the trade of refrigeration/ air-conditioning mechanic, or equivalent

Professional qualification

  • Registered as Construction Worker and holders of Green Card when working on construction sites (You may visit Construction Industry Council website for registration details)


  • 1 to 2 years of relevant work experiences

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $12,000-$35,000

Monthly Salary $15,000-$45,000

Monthly Salary $18,000-$45,000

Monthly Salary $25,000-over $60,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 5-8

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 8-10

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Mechanics typically work indoors and outdoors and are required to perform physically demanding work. They need to follow precautions and wear protective equipment.


  • Electric and gas welding equipment
  • Manometers
  • Multimeters
  • Power drills
  • Temperature gauge

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