Air Conditioning Engineer

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Air conditioning engineers install, repair and maintain air control systems that regulate temperature and air quality in offices, schools, hospitals, shopping centres and other buildings.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for a Modern Apprentice is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW), but some employers may offer a higher salary. At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022).

After training, air conditioning engineers can earn around £23,000 a year. With experience salaries are usually between £25,000 and £35,000 a year.

Overtime and call-out charges can increase this.


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Getting In

There are jobs with small firms which install domestic systems as well as with specialist building services and engineering firms which carry out work for large construction companies and for local authority departments. Look for vacancies in the Jobcentre Plus offices or on Find a Job website, in the local press and in specialist trade journals such as Refrigeration and Air Conditioning magazine.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On

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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB)

Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)
Tel: 0131 445 5900

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
Tel: 020 8675 5211
Twitter: @CIBSE

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