Refrigeration and Air conditioning Competition

Air-conditioning and refrigeration technicians install, maintain and repair industrial, commercial and domestic heating, cooling and refrigeration systems and equipment. They may install ducted air-conditioning in a family home, locate and correct faults in electrical equipment, or build large walk-in refrigeration units for businesses needing mass food storage. People in this profession are able to determine job requirements from drawings and specifications. The competition will test a variety of the skills that air-conditioning and refrigeration technicians need in this trade.

YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN REFRIGERATION & AIR CONDITIONING IF YOU:

  • Have an interest in mathematics, chemistry and physics
  • Are interested in mechanical work
  • Display an aptitude for technical work
  • Are able to problem solve
  • Are physically fit
  • Are able to work at heights
  • Have good eyesight and normal colour vision

IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

The WorldSkills Australia Refrigeration and Air conditioning Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Refrigeration and Air conditioning Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Refrigeration and Air conditioning Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in Refrigeration and Air conditioning


The Refrigeration and Air conditioning Competition is supported by:

Training Package Requirements

The WorldSkills Australia Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Competitions are aligned to the MEM05 Metal & Engineering Training Package and UEE11 Electro Technology Training Package.

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning is aligned to the following units of competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the UEE32211 Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and the MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering [Refrigeration and Air Conditioning] Qualifications including:

  • UEENEEE101A – Apply OHS regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • UEENEEE107A – Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • UEENEEJ02A – Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
  • UEENEEJ103A – Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems
  • UEENEEJ106A – Install refrigerant pipework, flow controls and accessories
  • UEENEEJ108A – Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants
  • UEENEEJ109A – Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations
  • UEENEEJ113A – Commission refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • UEENEEP02A – Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 250 volt supply
  • UEENEEJ111A – Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning systems and components
  • UEENEEJ153A – Find and rectify faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • UEENEEP012A – Disconnect/reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring
  • MEM05006C – Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
  • MEM10002B – Terminate and connect electrical wiring
  • MEM10009B – Install refrigeration/air conditioning plant/equipment
  • MEM12002B – Perform electrical/electronic measurement
  • MSMENV272B – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MEM18051B – Diagnose, repair or rectify complex hvac/r electrical systems
  • MEM18055B – Dismantle/replace/assemble engineering components
  • MEM18086B – Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems
  • MEM18087B – Service/repair domestic and light commercial refrigeration/air conditioning equipment

Regional Tasks

There are four tasks in the competition. Each task will test a different skill:

  • Fabrication: This task involves the marking out, cutting, swaging and silver soldering of copper tube to a high standard. Charging and assessing system performance is also requirement.
  • Determine electrical faults: This task requires the competitor to identify electrical faults on two refrigeration and /or air conditioning systems, one fault on each unit.
  • Determine refrigeration faults: This task requires the competitor to identify refrigeration faults on two refrigeration and/or air conditioning systems, one fault on each unit.
  • Program electronic controllers: This task requires the competitor to determine the settings and then the adjustment of electronic controller. The controllers are to be set to ensure their safe and effective operation, given the design conditions.

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning is aligned to the following units of competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the UEE32211 Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and the MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering Refrigeration and Air Conditioning] Qualifications.

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • UEENEEC025B – Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities
  • UEENEEE102A – Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
  • UEENEEE103A – Solve problems in ELV single path circuits
  • UEENEEE105A – Fix and secure electro technology equipment
  • UEENEEE137A – Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with work
  • UEENEEJ104A – Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems
  • UEENEEJ107A – Install air conditioning and refrigeration systems, major components and associated equipment
  • UEENEEJ110A – Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls
  • UEENEEJ170A – Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems
  • UEENEEJ194A – Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration circuits
  • UEENEEK142A – Apply environmentally and sustainable energy procedures in the energy sector
  • UEENEEP017A – Locate and rectify faults in low voltage composite appliances using set procedures
  • UEENEEP024A – Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply
  • UEENEEP025A – Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000 Va.c. or 1500 Vd.c. supply
  • UEENEEC001B – Maintain documentation
  • UEENEEC002B – Source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs
  • MEM13014A – Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
  • MEM12023A – Perform engineering measurements
  • MEM09002B – Interpret technical drawings
  • MEM10010B – Install pipe work and pipe work assemblies
  • MEM10009B – Install refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment
  • MSAENV272B – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

National Tasks

  • Refrigeration system installation: This task involves a range of skills including interpreting the supplied drawings, determining the piping layout, completing a list of materials, installing the refrigeration system, wiring the electrical circuit, pressure testing and evacuation, charging with refrigerant and commissioning the system.
  • Air conditioning system commissioning: This task requires the competitor to commission an air conditioning system including air balance and cooling capacity check.
  • Refrigeration fault finding: This task requires the competitor to find a refrigeration fault in both a refrigeration and air conditioning system.
  • Electrical fault finding: This task requires the competitor to find an electrical fault on both a refrigeration and air conditioning system.

Nationals Competition Duration

18 hours – 3 days

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