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Careers Resources

 

Forming part of AIRAH's strategic aim to close the skills gap, the Careers Resources page provides a host of relevant information about careers in HVAC&R. Designed to assist in career planning, the page includes information and links to resources about occupations, training and job search options.

 

Career Pathways

 

AIRAH is developing model career pathways for Building Services (mechanical) and Refrigeration engineers as part of a process to help identify skills gaps in the HVAC&R sector in Australia.



Building Services Engineer

The model pathway for Building Services Engineer (mechanical) has been released.  The term ‘mechanical engineer’ is a broad description that covers roles beyond the HVAC industry, whereas ‘building services engineer’ more specifically refers to mechanical services such as air conditioning, heating and ventilation.  

The model career pathway defines job titles, roles, tasks, skills and knowledge requirements of mechanical engineers working in the building services sector.  The pathway progresses through four stages: 

  • Level 1, the graduate mechanical engineer or engineering officer level 
  • Level 2, mechanical engineer 
  • Level 3, senior mechanical engineer 
  • Level 4, principal engineer.
The report offers recommended tasks and knowledge and skill requirements for each job title.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will recognise 'Building services engineer' as an official occupation under the specialisation 233512 Mechanical Engineer from the release of ANZSCO Version 1.2, scheduled for May 14, 2013. AIRAH undertook two activities to achieve the ABS recognition. The first was a survey of industry practitioners, the second an evidence-gathering exercise to show there are at least 300 individuals working in the occupation.



Training

 

Training resources


My Skills

My Skills is an Australian Government website that contains useful information about training, including training statistics, financial assistance information and qualifications. You can also use the website to find a training organisation

 

VET (vocational education and training) in Australia

In Australia, after people complete their compulsory schooling, their main choices for further education are vocational education and training (VET) and university. This publication provides a guide to understanding some basics about VET in Australia.
Download the VET in Australia guide

 

Australian Skills Quality Authority
Fact sheet - Choosing a training or education provider

This fact sheet explains the most important things to look for when choosing a training or education provider, and a recognised training or education course.
Download the fact sheet


HVAC Education Australia
The HVAC Education Australia site, developed by TAFE teacher Paul Marshall, brings together free online teaching and learning resources, and was developed for teachers and students. 


Entry (trade)

 

Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute is a leading Victorian vocational and higher education provider known for our collaborative and creative approach to education in Australia and overseas.
Website: Box Hill Institute


SkillsTech

SkillsTech Australia is Queensland's largest TAFE institute dedicated to trade and technical training, with more than 20,000 students across six training centres.
Website: SkillsTech Australia


Polytechnic WA

Careers in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry.
Website: Polytechnic West


TAFE SA

TAFE SA represents a network of three independent institutes. These institutes are the leading and largest public providers of vocational education and training (VET) in South Australia delivering courses to an average of 80,000 students per year across more than 48 sites state wide. TAFE SA institutes offer training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas.
The link below directs you to air conditioning  and refrigeration courses. If the link does not redirect properly, search for air conditioning and refrigeration courses using the search bar located at the top right corner.
Website: TAFE SA - Air conditioning and refrigeration

 

TAFE NSW

The NSW Technical and Further Education Commission, known as TAFE NSW, is Australia's leading vocational education and training provider.
The link below directs you to Air conditioning courses. If the link does not redirect properly, search for Air Conditioning courses using the search bar located at the top right corner.
Website: TAFE NSW - Air conditioning



RMIT

RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia’s largest tertiary institution. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research.
Website: RMIT

 
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Entry (engineering)

Entry is commonly via a degree in Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, which is offered by a number of universities. The selection below provides some options and your careers advisor will also be able to assist.

 

New South Wales:

 

University of Sydney

Website: University of Sydney - Engineering and project management

University of Wollongong

Website: University of Wollongong - Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic

 

Northern Territory:

 

Charles Darwin University

Website: Charles Darwin University - Mechanical Engineering

 

Queensland:

 

University of Queensland

Website: University of Queensland - Engineering and Architecture programs
 

University of Southern Queensland

Website: University of Southern Queensland - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mechanical Engineering


Griffith University

Website: Griffith University - Mechanical Engineering


James Cook University

Website: James Cook University - Engineering

 

South Australia:

 

University of South Australia (Uni SA)

Website: University of South Australia - Engineering programs


University of Adelaide

Website: University of Adelaide - Engineering programs

 

Flinders University

Website: Flinders University - Engineering programs

 


Tasmania:

 

University of Tasmania

Website: University of Tasmania - Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

 

Victoria:

 

Melbourne University

Website: University of Melbourne - Course search


Monash University

Website: Monash University - Engineering courses


RMIT University

Website: RMIT University - Engineering

 


Western Australia:

 

University of Western Australia

Website: University of Western Australia - School of Civil and Resource Engineering

 



Ongoing (trade)

 

Refrigerant Licensing – Australian Refrigeration Council

Find a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers training or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) towards approved qualifications relative to the refrigerant handling licence you require.
Website: Australian Refrigeration Council

Essential Safety Measures (AIRAH)

This course provides a step-by-step guide to Australian Standard AS1851 relating to mechanical services, to ensure you can provide your clients' compliance needs.
Website: Essential Safety Measures (AIRAH)

Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC)

The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) is an industry led training facility in Brunswick, Melbourne. PICAC is proudly supported by the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (Plumbing Division Victoria), Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia, National Fire Industry Association, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association and Plumbing Joint Training Fund. Courses include:

 

Trade Secrets

Courses that focus on sustainable practices in the building and construction industry
Website: Trade Secrets

 

Sydney HVAC

Diploma of HVAC & Refrigeration - delivered in both traditional face to face mode and concurrently web cast. Students work through a detailed multi-zone heat load estimate and design the ‘air side’ system and the ‘water side’ of the plant; selecting chillers, boilers, cooling towers, pumps and valves etc. Students also study controls and design, select and program an open DDC system to suit the previously designed air and water systems. A study on refrigeration heat load estimation is followed by commercial and then industrial refrigeration design. The course also covers project management, contract administration, and commissioning.
Website: Sydney HVAC


Victorian Education Skills Gateway

The Victorian Skills Gateway is your one-stop-shop for vocational training in Victoria.
Website: Victorian Skills Gateway


 
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Post Graduate

 

Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation - University of Melbourne

Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation (Master)
Contact:
Dr Dominique Hes
Lecturer Sustainable Architecture
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Melbourne University
Ph: 03 8344 4230
Fax: 03 8344 5532
Mob: 0425 765 688



Sustainable Buildings - University of Melbourne

Sustainable Buildings (one subject course)
Contact:

Dr Lu Aye
Associate Professor - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Position: Ass Prof
Email:  l.aye@unimelb.edu.au
Ph: 03 83446879
Fax: 03 83446868



Energy Efficiency training for Engineers - University of Wollongong

Energy Efficiency training for Engineers
The Sustainable Building Research Centre (SBRC) is offering a new approach to "energy efficiency training for engineers" with a focus on four key educational demand areas and skills gaps:

  • Energy Efficiency in Electricity (EEIE)
  • Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment (EEIBE)
  • Energy Efficiency Enhancements in Industry (EEII)
  • Changing user perceptions and behaviours to maximise the community's adoption of energy efficient technologies
 

To meet these educational needs the SBRC, with support from the NSW Government, is offering professional development short courses for professional engineers and other interested participants. Each short course is designed to be delivered over two days, with a significant component dedicated to hands-on, interactive, or discussion based activities.  Each short course is offered on a stand-alone basis, while also remaining complimentary to the overall program.

Location of course(s): Circular Quay (University of Wollongong - Sydney Business School Campus)
 
Contacts:

Ms. Rachel Weine
Faculty of Engineering
Ph:  (02) 4221 4566
Email: rweine@uow.edu.au           
Duane Robinson
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
Ph: (02) 4221 4530
Email: duane@uow.edu.au
 

 

Green Skills NSW Course Finder

This site lists green skills training available in NSW. Green skills courses develop practical job skills together with an understanding of their environmental impact. Green skills are used by workers to protect or improve the environment in the context of their work.
Website: Green Skills NSW - Course finder


Trade Secrets

Courses that focus on sustainable practices in the building and construction industry
Website: Trade Secrets


The Fifth Estate Universities guide - sustainability education courses

Australia's leading online newspaper for the sustainable property industry published an investigative report and an ebook that demonstrate a revolution in the way sustainability is taught and integrated into university courses related to the built environment.
Website: The Fifth Estate - Sustainability education on the rise and rise 

 
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Job search

 

Australian Job Search

Available jobs for Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics Australia wide.
Website: Australian Job Search


Seek

Jobs containing refrigeration and air conditioning in Australia
Website: Seek

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Job prospects and labour market data

 

Skills One

Includes videos for refrigeration and air-conditioning occupations, promoting women in trades and lists refrigeration mechanics as a ‘Top 10: Trades in demand’.
Website: Skills One


My Future - Refrigeration and Air conditioning Mechanic

Refrigeration and Air conditioning Mechanic (Refrigeration and Airconditioning Electrotechnologist) - Occupation fact sheet 
Website: My Future


Job Outlook - Air conditioning and Refrigeration mechanics

Information on wages and job prospects.
Website: Job Outlook - Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics


Job Outlook - Mechanical engineering draftspersons and technicians

Information on wages and job prospects.
Website: Job Outlook - Mechanical engineering draftpersons and technicians


Labour Market Information Portal

The Department of Employment's Labour Market Information Portal provides up-to-date labour market information.
Website: Labour Market Information Portal


Job Guide

The Job Guide provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways.
Website: Job Guide

 
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Industry Skills Councils

 

E-Oz Energy Skills Australia (formerly EE-Oz Training Standards)  

The Government’s declared Industry Skills Council for the energy sector trades, E-Oz was established in 1995 to develop training standards for electrotechnology; electricity distribution, transmission and rail; electricity generation; and gas transmission.

E-Oz has recently released information about Natural Refrigerant Training providers and courses.

 

Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA)

MSA is the national body responsible for identifying what manufacturing skills are needed and how these can most effectively be implemented in industry.

MSA is a national Industry Skills Council, owned by industry and managed by a board from across industry and funded by the Australian Government.


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