a large unit, it was too heavy for the wall and it fell on one of Danny’s colleagues, causing serious injury. Work conditions can often be dirty, hot, stressful and tiring.
Danny says that this job is rewarding, especially when he knows that he’s done a job well and that the client is satisfied. Frequently, however, finishing a workday late at night, and dealing with come-backs and customer complaints, make the job less satisfying.
If you’re interested in a career in air-conditioning or refrigeration, you first need to have completed Matric with Maths and Science as subjects. You can then study in this field at the Ifihlile Training Academy, which is located in Midrand, adjacent to the Ifihlile Head Office. There is also an academy in Durban.
Technical training in air-conditioning and refrigeration is offered at NQF Levels 2 and 3 in National Certification. The course runs over 24 months and includes theoretical and practical work. During this course, you will learn about basic hand skills, basic electrical and refrigeration, air-conditioning, cold/freezer rooms, chillers, package units and welding.
You can then complete Level 4, a six-month course, the required qualification for becoming a full air-conditioning and refrigeration technician. This will entitle you to supervise work teams, do installations, and repair/service and maintain mechanical/electrical equipment and air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation systems, as well as cold rooms and freezers. With this qualification, you can expect to earn about R21 000 per month as a senior technician.
In conclusion, Danny advises the youth of today: “Focus completely on everything you do. At the end of the day, it’s your life.”
Jeanne du Plessis
Published By: Marli Merz & Matters