Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics usually work for companies that install and service air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. Some are self-employed.
Experienced refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics may advance to supervisory positions. Alberta certified journeyperson refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
In Alberta, 79% of people employed as refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 3,300 Albertans are employed in the Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.6% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 20 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.