I'd consider myself a Technician (Although my actually title is Refrigeration Manager). The main differences between a Refrigeration Mechanic and a Refrigeration Tech (In my opinion) is that a Technician would normally read the manual prior to an install, where as the Mechanic would just go ahead and install the unit and wonder why it didnt work afterwards. Another would probably be that a Mechanic would typically get a unit back up and running by changing out parts until he finds the right one, a Technician would diagnose the problem and change the bad part the first time. Which isnt nearly as bad as it sounds. The Mechanic's approach to fixing or installing a unit is what teaches them to be good Technicians later on in their career. All of us at one point or another has been a Mechanic. Because to be a good Technician is to have been a good Mechanic, learned your mistakes, and apply what you have learned from your expriences as a Mechanic to your current and future expirences as a Refrigeration Technician.
But to recap, in order to succeed in Refrigeration ALL of us pretty much need be a both a Mechanic and a Technician. Can't be good at one without being good at the other.
I hope I haven't offended anyone, as these are only my opinions.
Last edited by Nh3 Refrigeration Tech; 10-30-2012 at 08:49 PM.
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This jobs been on for about a year. wonder why they cant fill it?
Probably because they are offering low wages even for a residential tech those wages are low and they are asking for a significantly higher level of training. (not knocking resi-techs)
The most likely highly accurate answer will remain the same which is why they are looking indeed. If you value talent, you keep folks happy and you do not have to work so hard at hiring them. That can range from benifits to shifts, but in this case it is clearly wages, not worth it for those who have the talent.