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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

From keeping our cool to delivering fresh food, keeping refrigeration and air conditioning working is essential to the modern world.

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Why is this skill important?

A refrigeration and air conditioning engineer works on all manner and size of commercial, residential, public and industrial projects, typically after construction and production is completed. 

From ensuring a safe and reliable installation in accordance with relevant standards, through to diagnosing malfunctions, system maintenance or upgrading, and fault finding and correction, the skills of communication, technical knowledge of systems and operations, concentration, precision and attention to detail are crucial.

The most talented engineers are most likely to lead the industry in innovating and resolving issues relating to climate and environment. Affecting development and wellbeing, including health, this engineer has immense potential to make a positive impact on communities and economies locally and globally.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Fixing things
  • Making things
  • Using tools

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • The ability work on refrigeration systems and piping is needed for this Skill.

  • Judges are also marking Competitors on their knowledge of electrical wiring and component and system installation

  • It is important competitors are able to diagnose malfunctions and are able to repair or replace refrigeration parts.

  • Extra marks are awarded to those who can demonstrate safe working practices.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 739 SEUNGWOO CHAE Korea
Gold 737 Vadim Poliakov Russia
Bronze 735 Zhiqing Wu China
Medallion for Excellence 723 Wisley Pereira Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 721 Ryan Matsuba Canada
Medallion for Excellence 721 MOHAMMAD AFIZ RUSLAN Malaysia
Medallion for Excellence 718 Nathan McHugh Australia
Medallion for Excellence 716 Andrés Felipe Arias Gómez Colombia
Medallion for Excellence 716 krzysztof Zamajtys United States of America
Medallion for Excellence 711 JUI-HUNG TSAI Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 703 Piyanan Chaoplayna Thailand
Medallion for Excellence 700 Emanuel BUDEANU Spain
697 CHI CHING LAU Hong Kong, China
695 Bruno Dias Portugal
691 Olve Lyngstad Skjerve Norway
687 Robin Smets Netherlands
680 Yoshiki Suganuma Japan
676 Tim Schuster Germany
658 Iman Alirezanejad Iran
656 Tyrone Claude Bunce South Africa
625 Roudha Bin Bahr United Arab Emirates
556 Vadim Kuzmenko Kazakhstan

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.