UNIFOR - Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Mechanic

Revision Date: October 2001
Classification: Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Mechanic
Hay Point Range: N/A


The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the entire physical plant of the University including construction, renovation and provision of utility services and the care and maintenance of all properties.

Under general supervision, the Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Mechanic is responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems and equipment, estimating costs of new installations and repairs to existing systems and equipment and maintaining related records.


Maintains and repairs all types of high and low pressure refrigeration and industrial air conditioning equipment.
Investigates and diagnoses complaints re: malfunctioning of equipment used for heating, cooling, air supply, and ventilation.
Installs and commissions new equipment.
Records hours of work on work orders and daily time sheets.
Estimates costs of time and materials required.
Performs other related duties as assigned.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • Completion of grade 12 or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid Certificate of Qualifications as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic or other appropriate certification issued by the Manitoba Department of Labour.
  • Limited electrical licence and MOPIA Certified Technician Certification required.Limited Welding licence or be capable of passing same with regard to freon piping.
  • Must hold a valid Class 5 Manitoba Driver's License.


  • At least five years of experience as a Journeyman Refrigeration Mechanic.
  • Extensive knowledge of the systems presently maintained by the refrigeration shop at the Physical Plant Department.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to estimate costs of time and materials required for new installations or repairs to existing systems or equipment.
  • Ability to work alone without direct supervision.- Ability to communicate effectively in English.
  • Ability to read blue prints, understand technical language and manuals.
  • Knowledge and ability to safely and properly repair various types of refrigerative and air conditioning equipment.
  • Familiar with recent C.F.C. rules and regulations.
  • Must be alert and thorough.

Physical Requirements

  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

"In accordance with the University's Health and Safety Policy, and in support of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Physical Plant is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and students. 

Physical Plant will instruct all employees to complete an Orientation Workshop, normally during the first day on the job, and the Health and Safety Orientation Module, normally during the probation period.  Employees will also be instructed to complete various workshops, such as Asbestos Awareness, etc. during the first year of employment depending upon an individual's classification."