Refrigeration Engineer

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Refrigeration engineers design, install, repair and maintain refrigeration equipment in industrial and commercial buildings where food and other perishable goods are stored at a constant low temperature.

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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).

The starting pay for a qualified refrigeration engineer can be from £20,000 a year. A trained, experienced refrigeration engineer generally earns between £22,000 and £30,000 a year.

Senior refrigeration engineers can earn over £45,000 a year. Overtime and callout charges can increase this. Sometimes the employer will provide a company van.


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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.

What Does it Take?

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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

Institute of Refrigeration (IOR)
Tel: 020 8647 7033
Twitter: @thecoolinghub

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