October 2016




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Mind the gap
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In another sign that our industry’s skills gap is widening, small and medium contractors in Queensland are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain capable, qualified tradespeople. As Sean McGowan reports, the issue led to a recent forum that found support for licencing and pathway reform.

Skills Workshop: HVAC&R pressure-control settings and valves 
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Understanding pressure control and the technology involved is a challenge that faces both apprentices and experienced technicians alike. Pressure-control valves are found in virtually every hydraulic system, and they assist in a variety of functions, from keeping system pressures safely below a desired upper limit to maintaining a set pressure in part of a circuit.

Pressure on evaporative condensers 
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Australian work health and safety (WHS) authorities are warning buyers and owners of evaporative condensers to ensure their pressure equipment is design registered. Non-compliant plant is a risk to life, and could be shut down, with owners facing significant financial penalties.


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