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Ian G. 22 days ago
Fight to Win
I am 64 years old & run a HVAC&R business in North Qld . I have been in the trade for 46 years & am totally fed up with the complete lack of understanding by government organisations as to what we actually do! My business is primarily service based with installation work also ranging from large coldroom & AC installs down to splits & minor commercial work. Because the installation of AC systems is part of construction work on new buildings, the QLD Government(in their wisdom) has determined that that is what Refrigeration Mechanics do & therefore they have placed us under the jurisdiction of the QLD building & construction commission (QBCC). Because AC & Refrigeration businesses represent such a small part of the QBCC license holders in total we are basically ignored and are only acknowledged when it is time to pay fees for license renewals. I have never ever seen one single article in their newsletters & publications relating to our industry. I have written to the QBCC requesting awareness courses be made available to building trades relating to the danger to health & the environment on demolition sites where I have personally witnessed labourers cut refrigerant pipes & release large quantities of R22 to the atmosphere. The Labourer almost lost an eye when liquid squirted in his face from the hacksaw cut. He was lucky I was onsite & able to assist him.
We are also UNDER ATTACK in QLD from the Electrical & Plumbing trades & fridgy's need to be aware of what the future holds for them. We are already seeing the dumbing down of this trade with apprentices bashing splits for 4 years & then achieving Cert III qualifications. These poor tradesman are being used by their employers as cheap labour & virtually have to learn their trade after they have qualified. (If they can get a job with a service company).
As for the ARC I have given up all hope that they are doing anything to help this trade. All we ever see in Coolchange is trumpet blowing about new developments. When I have written to them to report illegal work, I have never received a response. I gave up trying years ago.
In closing, I can truly say they I fully support what you are trying to achieve!
I intend to sell up & retire in the near future & would like to devote my time to this fight on behalf on the existing & future tradesman in this industry.
WE ARE LOSING OUR SKILL BASE AT AN ALARMING RATE!
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Thank you for your review! We really appreciate your business!
You have nailed it Refrigeration Air-conditioning is dying out rapidly.
Fact is it is just about the money.
Anonymous 67 days ago
Great Site
Great site, loads of information.
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Awesome! We're so glad you had a good experience with us -- come back any time!