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Particulars of normal

1. Typical job titles

Refrigeration Technician/Engineer, Air Conditioning Technician/Engineering, Warmth pump Technician/Engineer, Service Technician/Engineer, Upkeep Technician/Engineer, Commissioning Engineer.

2. Occupational profile

The Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Warmth Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician is a specialist occupation concerned in planning, getting ready and safely finishing up work actions in course of, product and area cooling. Data have to be transferrable between any of the core actions of refrigeration, air-con or warmth pumping.

The work is carried out in quite a lot of purposes important for key UK enterprise actions reminiscent of meals manufacturing, product distribution, retail storage and show, transport and workplace local weather management, manufacturing processes (eg petrochemical, pharmaceutical), IT/Datacentres and medical/healthcare providers temperature and environmental management.

Key actions are: the design, set up, routine upkeep, reactive service, commissioning and de-commissioning of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Warmth Pump techniques. Technicians require a radical competency of their understanding of the engineering ideas of thermodynamics and the vapour compression cycle in an effort to carry out operations. A totally competent technician works with out speedy supervision, and liaises successfully with different trades and with finish customers.

Environmental, laws and know-how adjustments imply that the necessities for technicians on this sector are continually evolving. European and UK Security and Environmental laws are key drivers in fast know-how adjustments within the sector which is chargeable for an estimated 10% of UK greenhouse fuel emissions and 16% of electrical energy use. RACHP Engineering Technicians have necessary obligations for the protection of themselves, work colleagues and most of the people in addition to minimising the environmental affect of cooling techniques.

3. Necessities: Data, Expertise and Behaviours


What’s required

Laws, Laws and Requirements

  • Understanding of related UK and worldwide requirements, technical and environmental laws together with well being & security, environmental safety, working with stress techniques, electrical circuits and flammable substances.
  • Familiarity with trade Codes of Follow and different sources of updated data and recommendation on technical security and legislative facets of their work.

Underpinning ideas

  • Sound understanding of ideas of thermodynamics, fuel legal guidelines, psychrometrics, fluid movement, electrical energy, properties of refrigerant fluids and lubricants.

Information evaluation

  • Skill to grasp related diagrams, calculations, instruments, charts, tables and formulae and apply them as applicable.

System fundamentals

  • Understanding of the perform and operation of system parts and the way they work together in a variety of various techniques and purposes.


  • Understanding of environmental affect of refrigerants, maximising environment friendly system efficiency and mitigation of direct and oblique carbon emissions.
  • Understanding of environmental applied sciences employed within the sector reminiscent of warmth restoration, low GWP refrigerants, and different tools which can be utilized to scale back warmth achieve, cooling load or power use.


What’s required


Protected working practices

  • Set up, commissioning, testing, fault diagnostics, rectification of techniques, element/refrigerant suitability and choice
  • Working with stress techniques and electrical circuits and techniques
  • Evaluating and mitigating dangers of refrigerants together with toxicity, flammability and different potential dangers or hazards to self and most of the people.
  • Decommissioning, protected restoration and disposal of kit and unsafe waste switch

Management circuit utility

  • Electrical and digital management techniques setting, testing and fault discovering; and their integration with system-associated communication networks.

Mechanical operations

  • Positioning, fixing, jointing and testing of pipework, electrical circuits and water circuits the place related.

Utility of mathematical ideas

  • Figuring out heating and cooling masses and deciding on and balancing applicable parts and techniques for optimum efficiency and effectivity.

Sustainable system operation

  • Utilizing system working parameters for environment friendly efficiency to realize measurable and sustained reductions in carbon emissions.
  • Routine and reactive service and upkeep, testing, fault discovering, reporting and rectification.
  • Retrofitting and retrofilling of current tools to decrease GWP refrigerants together with security, reliability and environmental issues.


What’s required

Security method

  • Disciplined method to assessing, managing, mitigating and avoiding danger in quite a lot of conditions to themselves, colleagues, the general public and the surroundings.

Sturdy work ethic

  • Optimistic moral angle and behaviours together with reliability, willingness to take accountability. Dedication to finishing duties and talent to work as a part of a multidisciplined group.

Logical downside solver

  • Employs logical pondering, and decided angle to downside fixing and technical challenges.

Give attention to high quality

  • Consideration to element, following procedures, planning and preparation, verifying compliance.

Private accountability

  • Takes accountability for work and interactions with colleagues, prospects, suppliers or subcontractors.

Communicates properly

  • Makes use of a variety of communications strategies successfully, positively and in well timed trend.


  • In a position to adapt to adjustments in circumstances, applied sciences, conditions and all kinds of various working environments.

Self motivated

  • Willingness to be taught and dedication to skilled improvement and to making use of ideas of sound engineering and sustainability of engineering techniques.

4. Length

usually 36 months can be required to assemble enough sensible expertise.

5. Obligatory {qualifications}

All apprentices should obtain a “Degree 2 Certificates in F Gasoline and ODS Laws Class 1” as this can be a authorized requirement beneath the EU F Gasoline Regulation 517/2014 to work on tools containing Fluorinated Refrigerants.

Employers who recruit candidates with out English or Maths at Degree 2 or above should be sure that the apprentice achieves this customary previous to the completion of the Apprenticeship.

6. Hyperlink to skilled registration

 This customary is designed to fulfill the skilled requirements of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in partnership with the Institute of Refrigeration and CIBSE.

7. Degree

Degree 3 is the suitable stage for Engineering Technicians who must work with out supervision and have a excessive stage of responsibilit

8. Evaluation

This customary can be reviewed after three years.

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