MOS 1161 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

MOS 1161 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

MOS Description

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning technicians must be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to handle Hydro Chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). They install, operate and perform organizational and intermediate level repairs on field refrigeration and environmental control units for all ground operations and equipment. These duties include installing refrigeration systems according to engineering specifications; recovery of specified gases or fluids from systems; dismantling and testing malfunctioning systems using electrical and mechanical, testing equipment, and repairing systems by replacing or adjusting defective and worn parts. An apprenticeship program, leading to U.S. Department of Labor certification as a Journey Worker, is available to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians under the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).

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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

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Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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