UK: The Institute of Refrigeration has changed the name of its Service Engineers’ Section to more accurately reflect the wider range of disciplines represented by those working in the sector.
Now called the IoR RACHP Engineering Technician Section, the new name is designed to make the section inclusive of everyone working a technician role, not just those working exclusively in service activities. This includes a very wide range of types of jobs such as the installation and commissioning of split air conditioning systems, VRV/VRF, refrigeration packs and cases, precision cooling, rooftop chillers. In addition, the new name is supposed to reflect how work is becoming more integrated across refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump activities.
The Service Engineers’ Section was first established more than 20 years ago to provide good quality information for service engineers – a move to address practical skills and recognise the importance of the service section.
Talking about the name change, The chair of the review panel, David Sowden, said “The choice of name was considered carefully and after much deliberation it was almost universally agreed that RACHP Engineering Technician Section reflects much more accurately what we have been doing recently. What’s more it also aligns more closely with the title of the new RACHP apprenticeship for our sector and the Engineering Council terminology for engineers working in these types of roles.”
The IoR’s RACHP Engineering Technician Section provides members with access to over 250 free good practice guides for engineering technicians as well as four postal mailings a year with latest guidance, training newsletter and invitations to webinars on practical topics such as leakage reduction or new jointing techniques.
There are no qualifications required to sign up for the section – it is open to anyone who wants to improve their knowledge and membership is immediate upon payment of the £42 annual subscription. Further information here.