How To Make a Refrigeration Plant Operator Career Happen

Choosing a career path can be a daunting task with a lot of things to take into considerations. From finding a trade that is in demand, to wage and benefits, to lifestyle preferences – and more; finding a career path in life is one of the single biggest decisions one will make in their life. So we’re here to help!

Refrigeration Plant Operator – a Trade Worth Considering

Simply put, trade workers are always in demand, and when you have a specialized trade – such as a Refrigeration Plant Operator, you can easily set yourself apart and jumpstart your career right out of the gate.

Although your expertise will extend beyond tasks involving refrigeration, specializing in this field will mean you will oversee such tasks as:

– Reducing the ammonia charge in a refrigeration plant

– Overseeing ammonia refrigeration safety

– Conducting refrigeration plant reclaims

– Handling evaporative condensers preventative maintenance

– Proper condenser water treatment

– Secondary refrigerant analysis (brine, glycol)

We will go into more detail about these issues in additional blog posts, but this gives you a snapshot of some areas you may tackle in the field, making it an eventful, “on your toes” type of career that many truly enjoy.

Power Engineering – a Lead-In to Becoming a Refrigeration Plant Operator

Power Engineering, as a whole, maintains, operates and manages both industrial and commercial plants that use boiler and refrigeration equipment. So in order to become a Refrigeration Plant Operator, you are required to become a Certified Power Engineer first in order to work across Canadian.

Refrigeration Plan Operator Program Explained

The TFMCI Refrigeration Plant Operator Program provides the technical knowledge and skills needed by individuals wanting to enter into the field of power engineering, and includes such topics as…

  • Legislation and Boiler Industry History
  • Canadian Standards Association Code – B52
  • Basic Mathematics (Geometry) + Basic Sciences (Mechanics)
  • Thermodynamics, Electricity, Compressors
  • Plant Administration
  • Refrigeration Fundamentals
  • Controls and Instrumentation
  • Condensers and Cooling Towers
  • Pumps and Pump Maintenance
  • Evaporators and Cooling Coils
  • …and more

Curious about becoming a Refrigeration Plant Operator? Don’t hesitate to contact us at or (778) 873-1050. We look forward to helping you choose a career path that best suits you!