Air conditioning, which includes air cooling, heating, ventilation and disinfection, provides many opportunities for engineers. These specialized technicians are responsible for the safe and efficient installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning systems, which can be found in a wide range of buildings, such as homes, offices, factories, hospitals and colleges
Engineers work for engineering and contracting firms, as well as for manufacturers of air conditioning systems. As travel from site to site is often an important part of the job, a driver’s licence is invariably essential. A willingness to work nights and weekends may also be necessary. Numerous training providers offer relevant NVQ 2 and 3 courses, which can be studied full-time, part-time or by distance learning. Annual salaries are in the £28,000 to £30,000 range.
Air Conditioning engineers are required to design, install, maintain and repair systems such as ventilation, refrigeration, gas, air conditioning, central heating, among others. These professionals can work at factories, schools, hospitals, offices, and shops installing different types of air conditioning systems according to customer needs in order to maintain temperature and humidity within buildings.
Air Conditioning engineers usually perform many of the following tasks:
- Providing technical information to clients.
- Inspecting air conditioning systems.
- Diagnosing faulty equipment.
- Buying materials.
- Supervising craft workers.
- Having leadership abilities.
- Being practical.
- Having good written and spoken communication skills.
- Being able to work at heights.
- Having interpersonal abilities.
- Being able to meet deadlines.
- Having knowledge about national and European legislation on refrigerants.
- Being aware of safety issues.
- Having good math skills.
- Being able to read technical drawings.
Employers in this industry require Standard grades (1-4 or A*-C) including Science, Math, English, and a technological subject. It is recommended to have a driving licence to work in different places at the same time.