A qualified tradesperson is on high demand in Australia. We are going to discuss a very specific industry for those with a passion for the automotive in the trades industry. In particular, we are going to take a look at the job of an automotive air conditioning fitter. This is a job which requires a great deal of training and which can provide a very rewarding career for anyone who has the passion to do so. Let’s take a look then at exactly what this job role is, who would be a good fit for it and what courses you may need in order to help you get started in the industry.
Duties and Tasks of An Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter
The duties of a person working in this job role are as follows;
- To install, fit and connect the airconunit to the engine and the electrical wiring of a vehicle
- To fill the unit up with refrigerant and then to test to ensure that it is working
- The carrying out of maintenance work on units which will include testing for faults, finding those faults, repairing and replacing any faulty parts which exist within the system
Specific Tasks Which You Can Expect
- Dismantling of AC systems and putting them back together after checks
- Drilling holes, cutting, bending and the threading of piping
- Bolting soldering, brazing, welding of pipes in order to fit
- Understanding the new advancements in automotive air conditioning technology/repairs with regards to automotive AC equipment
The Perfect Candidate For The Job
The perfect candidate for this position will be someone who enjoys practical and manual activities and who likes to get their hands dirty on the. This is also a position for someone with an inquisitive mind as the position involves a great deal of problem-solving. You must also have a natural aptitude for working in mechanics and the ability, as aforementioned, to keep up with the moving technology. Finally, great hand-to-eye coordination will be needed for the job as there is some very delicate work to be done within this position.
Benefits of The Job
One of the critical elements of this job is that the skills are transferable and that means that once you learn the job you can work anywhere in the world or the country. This is one of those positions that will not just mean that you have to work in a mechanic shop either, the skills could take you into a number of industries and sectors where vehicle care is important.
Whilst you can certainly find yourself a trainee role that will teach you a lot about this industry, for the best route into this career you will need to study a course. There are many options available here such as a certificate in automotive air conditioning technology, and there are diplomas which you can take on too. In the main however you should be focusing on getting the Certificate II which is offered by many universities across the country, including a TAFE course which will help you to get where you want to go.
If you love the deeper side of mechanics then this could well be a career for you.