What will I be doing?
Refrigeration and air conditioning apprentices are trained in the installation of all types of cooling equipment and controls, and layout and assembly of related piping. Servicing, maintenance, overhaul and repairs of all cooling systems are accomplished by mechanics and apprentices to maintain refrigeration and air conditioning system efficiency.
Where will I be working?
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics work on new construction projects and renovation projects – from power plants, water treatment plants, hospitals, government and commercial buildings, hotels and luxury resorts, and high-rise condominiums to super markets.
How will I be trained?
Training is accomplished through an apprenticeship program, working with qualified refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, receiving hands-on experience and earning a wage. All apprentices attend related instructions and training courses that are conducted by qualified instructors. Course curriculum includes safety, first aid, proper use of the tools of the trade, soldering, brazing, welding, overhaul and repair of mechanical equipment, and trouble shooting.
Instructional courses provide apprentices invaluable experience fundamental to the refrigeration and air conditioning trade.
What about wages and benefits?
Members are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association of Hawaii and Local 675 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentice Plumbers & Pipefitters of the U.S. & Canada, AFL-CIO, known as the Labor-Management Agreement. This Agreement provides for good working conditions, wages, and fringe benefits such as health and welfare, vacation and holiday pay, pension and annuity.