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Vetassess test Refrigeration and Air-conditioning review

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Vetassess test Refrigeration and Air-conditioning review

 

Hi I have now completed my vetassess practical exam for Refrigeration and Air-conditioning so I am posting this to help others who will be doing the test with what happened on the day. Ok first of all the test I did was on the 22-2-2011 at North West collage London not bad to get to, not far from wembley stadium. I rang the collage before the test to ask them about parking and found out that the test would be carried out when the collage was closed for the week so we would be able to use the staff car park in the collage for free. this was very good news as the road side car parking looked limited and with all the tools I had to bring I wanted to be close.(well worth ringing the collage before and asking some questions) tools I took with me electronic leak detector, gauges 404a 134a scale , refrigerant compotator, every day hand tools, solenoid puller, multimeter, vacuum gauge. I also took P.P.E. with me safety boots, gloves, goggles, and wore my work clothes. There were 5 people taking the exam and 6 the day before I think the max number is 6 there was 2 English examiners there that worked at the collage and an Australian from Vetassess. First task was to take some readings from systems we were given I.E. hi side pressure, low side pressure, condensing temp, evaporating temp, ambient temp , how much super heat the expansion valve was producing, and liquid line sub cooling. We then had to reclaim the entire refrigerant from the system and record how much we got out then pressure test with o.f.n. and do a leek test using soap spray then recharge the system and re take all readings for the system. Next I was asked to make up a pipe to the drawing given it had a swage joint a few flared joints on it. When made up we brazed the joins using o.f.n. to purge the pipe work and after cut the joins open so the examiner could see the quality of the joint. Then on to the motors (compressors) I was given 2 motors and asked to test them electrically. The single phase one was fine no fault the 3 phase one had 2 windings shorted together then I had to determine the common start and run terminals of the single phase comp. Then draw how I would wire the 3 phase comp in star and then delta. Then I was given 2 plugs a 13a domestic and a 16a 3phase and a length of wire and asked to wire them up. Next came a air con split system mounted on a upright board I was told there was an electrical fault on it and asked to take a look I did not see it but the examiner told me to look at the capacitor wiring where I then noticed that both wires had been placed on one side of the capacitor essentially making the capacitor out of the circuit. Next I was given a system that was not working the evaporator fan was not working so I chased the wire down to the electrical panel where the wire had been removed from the terminal block.(I was not asked to fix either of the faults only to find them) and last a system that I was asked to record the systems running data the same data as in the first test and find the system fault the fault was with the dryer partially blocked causing bubbles in the sight glass a big temperature difference from the inlet to out let of the dryer and after about 10 minutes some frosting on the top of the dryer. All of the findings were recorded in a small booklet I was given when we started which also outlined the tasks we had to do the examiners where helpful and thank god as I asked more than my fare share of questions. There was all so a few verbal question and answers as we were going along like can you describe the triple vack method. The test stated at 8a.m. and finished at 5.30p.m. Hope this helps some people that are going to do the exam good luck :cute:

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Guest JK2510

Good info.

 

We have now been in Perth for just over 3 weeks. Beaware about the little extras that you air con guys will need to complete to get your uk licences transferred into oz ones.

OH applied for his ARC licence beginning of February. We needed to supply quite alot of info but their site is fairly good. I can't remember the cost of that, not alot in the scheme of visas etc...

 

The next HUGE hurdle is that WA want all air con/fridge guys with a restricted electrical licence! Their Webpage is pretty poor really. They tell you about the $38 processing fee and the $300 for the practical test but they DONT give you the cost of the cost attending polytech to do the course! $300 for a computer test and $650 for the practical!!

 

Also another thing to beaware of is a job agency said not all companies are willing to take on those without the licences. My OH is lucky as his start off wage is $33ph fir 3 months and then up to $36-37ph. Some companies supply a car/van and NOT any tools, it varies from company to company. OH has forked out nearly $5000 on all his tools(they are of a mid-high quality.

 

Hope this helps those in the late stages of the visa process.

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Jodie

Thanks for the info, seems like a never ending money making scheme for the Oz govt... I wasn't aware of how steep the elec licenses fees were.

How has your other half adjusted to working down under? does he say how it compares to this Grey hole.

 

 

Hi Rick

How are you?

I was on the test day with you, have you heard anything yet?

 

Tomorrow it will be 2 weeks, i've been checking Vetassess website every couple of hours, for the last week.

I'm so nervous.

 

Good luck.

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Nothing yet m8 I have also been checking every day the examiner said around 2 weeks so should be any day now will let you know as soon as good luck

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Jodie

Thanks for the info, seems like a never ending money making scheme for the Oz govt... I wasn't aware of how steep the elec licenses fees were.

How has your other half adjusted to working down under? does he say how it compares to this Grey hole.

 

 

Hi Rick

How are you?

I was on the test day with you, have you heard anything yet?

 

Tomorrow it will be 2 weeks, i've been checking Vetassess website every couple of hours, for the last week.

I'm so nervous.

 

Good luck.

It's his first day today! He picks up his yute which he is looking forward too!

Will post on here about the restricted electrical licence courses/practical.

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Well today is the day.

 

2 weeks after the practical test.

 

I've aged 5 years.

 

Just checked Vetassess website.

 

And the final assessment was......... SUCCESSFUL.

GET IN!!!!!

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I also have a successful out come so next to apply for the visa and start looking in to this ark license.

:biggrin::twitcy:

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Rick, you are a diamond... thank you so so so much for this info, i would have been on this test in feb 2011, however I had work commitments...... hopefully i shall be sitting it in april 2011, best of luck , and please let us know how your are getting on..... as i am closely following behind you - with hope.... thanks again. God Bless!!!

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My visa agent now tells me that i need a IELTS test before lodging the visa application.

I thought that it was a given pass being a British citizen.

 

Taking it wont be a problem as there is one in Leeds next month, but i cant help thinking it will be a waste of time.

Has anyone had to take this?

 

Regards

Craig

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Hi I have also had to do the IELTS English test even tho I am 28 years old, so I get the maximum points for my age. And refrigeration is a trade that gets you maximum points i fall short of the points score needed as I will be going alone. so I will not get points for my partners age qualifications and a do not have relatives living in oz already. If you wont to double check what the agency have said to you look at the Australian web site and you can find a check list which will allow you to figure out how many points you get for what and then compare your total with what you need to get in (the web site is easy to navigate around with a bit of time even I have figured it out) I am quite pore at English as you can tell from reading this so I did the IELTS test first to make sure I would pass before I spent loads on the practical exam. I took the test in Aston University in Birmingham it was an all day thing, there for around 8.30am and finished for around 6.00pm. I would advise you get a study book on the exam and do some revision first even if you are very competent at English you will need to get familiar with the format of the test to make sure you do not panic in the exam and lose points. You will need to get a grade of 7 or higher in all 4 areas of the exam listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The reading and speaking exams came easy to me and I got my best grades in both. However the writing and listening where harder, the writing I did lots of practice questions and my friend who is an English teacher marked them for mistakes. for the listening I used the C.D. that came with my revision book (Barron’s students’ #1 choice IELTS by Dr. Lin lougheed, Ed.D.) the listening comes quick over a radio on the day and you only get one chance to hear it you then have to fill in the blanks it something like a newspaper article or map, also the answer has to be spelled correctly for you to get the point so this is in fact a reading listening and writing test in one with limited time. Hope this helps Rick

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