Safe working practices
- Installation, commissioning, testing, fault diagnostics, rectification of systems, component/refrigerant suitability and selection
- Working with pressure systems and electrical circuits and systems
- Evaluating and mitigating risks of refrigerants including toxicity, flammability and other potential risks or hazards to self and the general public.
- Decommissioning, safe recovery and disposal of equipment and hazardous waste transfer
Control circuit application
- Electrical and electronic control systems setting, testing and fault finding; and their integration with system-associated communication networks.
- Positioning, fixing, jointing and testing of pipework, electrical circuits and water circuits where relevant.
Application of mathematical principles
- Determining heating and cooling loads and selecting and balancing appropriate components and systems for maximum performance and efficiency.
Sustainable system operation
- Using system operating parameters for efficient performance to achieve measurable and sustained reductions in carbon emissions.
- Routine and reactive service and maintenance, testing, fault finding, reporting and rectification.
- Retrofitting and retrofilling of existing equipment to lower GWP refrigerants including safety, reliability and environmental considerations.
Legislation, Regulations and Standards
- Understanding of relevant UK and international standards, technical and environmental legislation including health & safety, environmental protection, working with pressure systems, electrical circuits and flammable substances.
- Familiarity with industry Codes of Practice and other sources of up to date information and advice on technical safety and legislative aspects of their work.
- Sound understanding of principles of thermodynamics, gas laws, psychrometrics, fluid flow, electricity, properties of refrigerant fluids and lubricants.
- Ability to understand relevant diagrams, calculations, tools, charts, tables and formulae and apply them as appropriate.
- Understanding of the function and operation of system components and how they interact in a range of different systems and applications.
- Understanding of environmental impact of refrigerants, maximising efficient system performance and mitigation of direct and indirect carbon emissions.
- Understanding of environmental technologies employed in the sector such as heat recovery, low GWP refrigerants, and other equipment which can be used to reduce heat gain, cooling load or energy use.
- Disciplined approach to assessing, managing, mitigating and avoiding risk in a variety of situations to themselves, colleagues, the public and the environment.
Strong work ethic
- Positive ethical attitude and behaviours including reliability, willingness to take responsibility. Commitment to completing tasks and ability to work as part of a multidisciplined team.
Logical problem solver
- Employs logical thinking, and determined attitude to problem solving and technical challenges.
Focus on quality
- Attention to detail, following procedures, planning and preparation, verifying compliance.
- Takes responsibility for work and interactions with colleagues, customers, suppliers or subcontractors.
- Uses a range of communications methods effectively, positively and in timely fashion.
- Able to adapt to changes in conditions, technologies, situations and a wide variety of different working environments.
· Willingness to learn and commitment to professional development and to applying principles of sound engineering and sustainability of engineering systems.
All apprentices must achieve a “Level 2 Certificate in F Gas and ODS Regulations Category 1” as this is a legal requirement under the EU F Gas Regulation 517/2014 to work on equipment containing Fluorinated Refrigerants. Employers who recruit candidates without English or Maths at Level 2 or above must ensure that the apprentice achieves this standard prior to the completion of the Apprenticeship.
Typically 36 months would be required to gather sufficient practical experience.
Professional Qualifications / Recognition
This standard is designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in partnership with the Institute of Refrigeration and CIBSE.
Level 3 is the appropriate level for Engineering Technicians who need to work without supervision and have a high level of responsibility
Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.";