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Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter

Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Automotive Air Conditioning Specialist and Car Air Conditioning Fitter.

Automotive air conditioning fitters install and repair air conditioning units in various types of vehicles and machinery, such as cars, trucks, vans and tractors.

Most of the work is done in a workshop.


    Automotive air conditioning fitters may perform the following tasks:

  • install, fit and connect the unit to the electrical wiring and engine
  • fill the unit with refrigerant and test it for leaks and malfunctions
  • carry out maintenance work on existing units, including testing, fault finding, dismantling, repair or replacement of faulty parts, re-assembly and final testing


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • aptitude for mechanical work
  • able to keep up to date with technological change
  • problem-solving skills

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering


Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become an automotive air conditioning fitter you usually have to complete a traineeship in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    In NSW, automotive air conditioning fitters must be certified by NSW Fair Trading. To work as an automotive air conditioning fitter in the ACT, you must have a motor vehicle repair licence or work under the supervision of a licensed repairer. Contact the Office of Regulatory Services (ACT) for further information.

    National environmental legislation requires those who work with refrigerant chemicals to possess special handling and/or trading licences issued by the Australian Refrigeration Council.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Automotive air conditioning fitters usually work in specialised workshops. They may specialise in the installation, repair and servicing of passenger cars, trucks, buses and coaches, or other heavy vehicles. They may also work for motor vehicle dealers, the minerals industry, public works and transport, private firms with large fleets of vehicles, and defence, communications and energy supply authorities. Some automotive air conditioning fitters establish their own businesses.

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Job Outlook for Automotive Air Conditioning Fitter Auto Skills Australia Motor Traders' Association of NSW Motor Trades Association ACT NSW Fair Trading Office of Regulatory Services (ACT) Australian Refrigeration Council

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