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Refrigeration Engineer

Industrial air conditioning and cooling system

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.

The Work

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Pay

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. The apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £6.40 an hour (1 April 2024).

The starting pay for a qualified refrigeration engineer can be from £26,000 a year. A trained, experienced refrigeration engineer generally earns between £35,000 and £45,000 a year.

Senior refrigeration engineers can earn over £50,000 a year or more. 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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
1321
2 %
RISE
2029
1347
  United Kingdom
2024
12621
3.8 %
RISE
2029
13104

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What Does it Take?

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Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB)
Website: http://www.acrib.org.uk

Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)
Website: http://www.thebesa.com

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
Tel: 020 8675 5211
Website: http://www.cibse.org/
Twitter: @CIBSE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIBSE

Institute of Refrigeration (IOR)
Website: http://www.ior.org.uk
Twitter: @thecoolinghub
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fantasticfridges?ref=hl

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