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What is Involved in the Role of an Air Conditioning Engineer?

Published date: 2020/09

Air Conditioning Engineer

​Air conditioning and refrigeration engineers use technical knowledge and practical skills to design, install and maintain cooling systems within commercial and industrial settings to ensure they are effective and safe. From maintaining a comfortable air temperature and humidity in a multi-story office building to keeping blood at the right temperature for lifesaving operations, the air conditioning and refrigeration industry covers a wide range of settings. PRS Jobs is London’s leading recruitment agency specialising in air conditioning installation engineer jobs throughout the UK. If you are interested in a career in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, read on to find out more.

What are Duties of an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineer?

You may specialise in one of the below areas:

Refrigeration – involves designing, installing and maintaining cooling systems in places like supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals, food processing plants and factories.

Air-conditioning – involves the installation and servicing of systems that control air quality, temperature and humidity in places such as offices, schools, hotels and other modern buildings.

Whichever area in which you work, your tasks may include:

  • Undertaking preparatory work

  • Surveying buildings where cooling systems are to be fitted

  • Discussing requirements with customers

  • Designing cooling systems

  • Overseeing installation of air conditioning and refrigeration systems

  • Inspecting, testing, certificating and commissioning

  • Identifying and rectifying faults

  • Providing functional and technical information to customers

  • Running quality checks to make sure systems are working properly and safely

Do I Need Qualifications to Work in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry?

Most people start as an apprentice from school and train on the job. Apprenticeship training involves both classroom studies and on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified technician and generally takes between two and four years to complete, depending on the apprenticeship. Once in a job you must hold current F Gas Certification. You may achieve this as part of a relevant work-based qualification.

What are the Working Conditions for an Air Conditioning Installation Engineer?

Air conditioning and refrigeration engineers generally work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Flexibility is desired as work hours will depend on specific projects, priorities and deadlines so weekend or night work is sometimes required. The job can involve working inside and outside, for example on the roofs of buildings, sometimes in cramped and uncomfortable positions and often using ladders and scaffolding. You may often be required to work alone or with a team of construction professionals. As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. Refrigeration and air conditioning engineers are trained to work safely and wear special equipment to protect against injury.

Is this the Right Career for Me?

If you are considering apply for refrigeration and air conditioning installation engineer jobs, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you like working with machines?

  • Are you strong and equipped with good coordination skills?

  • Are you able to work both autonomously and in a team?

  • Do you have a high level of attention to detail?

  • Do you enjoy dealing with customers?

  • Are you good at problem solving?

  • Do you crave variety on the job?

If the answered yes to all of the above questions, then a career in refrigeration and air conditioning could be right for you.

Do you have experience as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineer? Are you looking for a company which will allow you to progress your career? PRS Jobs has many great opportunities on offer with industry-leading companies across London. If you want a chance to rapidly progress your career and maximise your potential earnings, get in touch with our team today on 0207 553 5660 or email us at