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Qualities of refrigeration professionals, according to the profession’s guide.

Organization, logical reasoning and manual skills are personal characteristics necessary to follow the refrigeration technician profession, according to the guide – Industry Professions, released by the National Service of Industrial Learning – SENAI.

Out of the industry’s 48 technical professions, the guide highlighted the maintenance and installation mechanic for climate control and refrigeration devices. The material describes the main activities of this profession, which include assembly and installation of refrigeration equipment such as cold rooms, refrigerated counters, refrigerators and air conditioners, and because of this, the professional will find job opportunities in food and beverage industries, slaughterhouses, supermarkets, shopping centers, laboratories, shops and other businesses that use product preservation systems or air conditioner systems. Check in the table below the market’s base salary according to the Industry Professions’ guide.

Source: Senai / Select – Industry Professions
Source: Senai / Select – Industry Professions

Lucas Sousa Cardoso, just 22 years old, works as a refrigeration technician at AmBev and, after two years, has been promoted to administrative coordinator of a team of 10 technicians who attend the beverage industry throughout the Distrito Federal. “I’m responsible for the work’s quality control. We have over ten thousand units including freezers, beer coolers and cold rooms. It’s essential work, if there’s no refrigeration, there’s no sale”, he said in an interview to Senai.refrigeration devices. The material describes the main activities of this profession, which include assembly and installation of refrigeration equipment such as cold rooms, refrigerated counters, refrigerators and air conditioners, and because of this, the professional will find job opportunities in food and beverage industries, slaughterhouses, supermarkets, shopping centers, laboratories, shops and other businesses that use product preservation systems or air conditioner systems. Check in the table below the market’s base salary according to the Industry Professions’ guide.Out of the industry’s 48 technical professions, the guide highlighted the maintenance and installation mechanic for climate control and

According to the guide, required knowledge for these professionals includes electricity, welding, equipment and copper tubing installation, gas pressure and charges, computer and mechanical knowledge, technical safety standards at work and environmental conservation, as well as knowing physics, chemistry and mathematics. But that’s not all, it’s also necessary to be constantly updated since the industry launches new products and new technologies every year. (Read more in Digital Refrigerator Maintenance.)

Heated market

In the refrigeration sector, there’s a heated and favorable market for the profession. According to the Brazilian Association of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Heating – Abrava, the sector forecasts to close 2014 with 10% growth and this growth should continue in 2015. “It’s a technology present in almost every home either through a simple refrigerator or by a VRF Inverter system with very high embedded electronic technology”, points out Alexandre Fernandes Santos, with a masters of Science and a professor at the Vocational Technical School

“It’s one of the areas that has micro-sized companies in Brazil”, states Santos, and contrary to what people think, that self-employed people are happy because they make their own schedule: “the self-employed small business owner works more hours than if he was just an employee – he works like crazy”, he said. After all, self-employed professionals, who don’t receive training in a company, really need to run to keep up with the constant changes in the market. In his view, a Technical Course in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning can make a difference in the professional’s complete training. “In addition to taking entrepreneurship courses at renowned institutions such as Sebrae, he must always keep reading magazines such as the Refrigeration Club”, he adds.

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