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Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Technicians

Descriptions & Duties

  • Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Technicians perform technical tasks, either independently or under the direction of a qualified engineer, contributory to design, development, manufacture, construction, installation, efficient operation, maintenance and repair of air-conditioning plant and equipment.

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:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically 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:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

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


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Technical knowledge and skills in refrigeration/ air-conditioning/ ventilation technology

Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Technicians use electric and gas welding to perform simple machining and fabrication operations.

Troubleshooting knowledge and skills

Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Technicians often test the designs to make sure that they work and help to resolve any problems that may arise.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A higher diploma or an associate degree in building services/ mechanical engineering, or equivalent


  • 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

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Refrigeration/ Air-conditioning/ Ventilation (RACV) Technicians generally work indoors and outdoors, occasionally in office and are required to perform physically demanding work. They need to follow precautions and wear protective equipment.


  • Electric and gas welding equipment
  • Manometers
  • Tubing Cutter
  • Power drills
  • Temperature gauge

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