Refrigerating Engineer

Operate gas-cooling systems to refrigerate rooms in establishments.
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Salary Range
$33,000 – $74,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Refrigerating Engineers do?

Operates freon, carbon-dioxide, or ammonia gas-cooling systems to refrigerate rooms in establishments, such as slaughtering and meat packing plants and dairies, to air-condition buildings, or to provide refrigeration for industrial processes: Opens valves on equipment, such as compressors, pumps, and condensers to prepare system for operation and starts equipment and auxiliary machinery. Observes temperature, pressure and ampere readings for system and equipment and adjusts controls or overrides automatic controls to obtain specified operation of equipment. Records temperature, pressure, and other readings on logsheet at specified intervals. Measures density of brine, using hydrometer, and adds calcium chloride to lower temperature to specified degree. Connects hose from supply tank to compressor to replace coolant. Makes periodic inspection of equipment and system to observe operating condition and need for repair or adjustment. Adjusts controls to isolate and clear broken lines for repair or shuts down equipment. May repack pumps and compressors, clean condensers, and replace worn or defective parts using hand and power tools. When operating refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment aboard ship, may be known as Reefer Engineer and must have endorsement on Merchant Mariner’s document as Refrigerating Engineer.

Should I be a Refrigerating Engineer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Heating and Ventilating Worker, Heating Operators Engineer, Operating Power Plant Combustion Engineer

    How to become a Refrigerating Engineer

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