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Same quality, new name for IOR Service Engineers’ Section

Over 20 years ago the IOR launched a section to provide good quality information for service engineers – a move to address practical skills and recognise the importance of the service section.  Today however, we have to recognised that the section actually represents a much larger range of disciplines working in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps. 

Earlier this year the Section Management Panel carried out a review of the title of the Section and following feedback from members and non-members decided to make a change of name. The aim is 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 commission of split A/C Systems, VRV/VRF, refrigeration packs and cases, precision cooling, rooftop chillers, to name but a few.  In addition, the new name reflects how work is becoming more integrated across refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump activities. 

Talking about the name change, the chair of the 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 is open to anyone who wants to keep up with the latest developments and improve their technical knowledge. When you subscribe you can access to over 250 free 'good practice guide' downloads 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. To find out more about the RACHP Engineering Technician Section  and corporate discount schemes for employers of technicians visit


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