ARA Mechanical is a leader in design, installation and maintenance of commercial and industrial air conditioning systems including all HVAC requirements.
Established in 2006, ARA Mechanical has since developed a strong reputation in the Australian air conditioning industry. We consistently strive to be the best performers in our field and deliver the highest standard of work to our clients. We are leaders in HVAC and mechanical services and remain at the forefront of energy management technology.
In 2001, the ARA Group was established and has grown to become one of the largest privately-owned multi-service organisations in Australia.
In the same year, Air Conditioning Engineering Services (ACES) was established providing air conditioning to the Sydney Metropolitan area.
In 2006, ARA Mechanical was established as a division of the ARA Group and the company acquired ACES.
Today, ARA Mechanical has grown to include operations in Sydney, Canberra and Orange and employ more than 110 staff.
With 2020/21 sales over $69 million and major national clients across Australia, ARA Mechanical is a leader in HVAC, mechanical services and energy management technology and is shaping a sustainable future in the Australian air conditioning industry through progressive design, installation and maintenance.
The ARA Group is established.
ARA Mechanical opens a branch in Orange.
Air Conditioning Engineering Services (ACES) is established in Sydney.
The ARA Group establishes ARA Mechanical to complement ARA Group products and services.
The ARA Group acquires ACES under ARA Mechanical.
Meet OUR team
Phil Harding has more than 32 years’ experience in the air conditioning industry, with proven ability to maximise the strengths of large operational teams while nurturing and growing client/builder relationships.
As Managing Director of ARA Mechanical since 2006, Phil has earned a reputation for his ability to develop business strategies, incubate new business models and grow the ARA Mechanical business to the $69 million turnover division it is today. Prior to this position, Phil founded and managed Air Conditioning Engineering Services (ACES) in 2001 before the company was acquired by the ARA Group in 2006.
Phil serves as an Advisory Board Member on the ARA Endowment Fund and holds a Master of Business Technology from the University of New South Wales.
Jamie Fullagar joined ACES, now ARA Mechanical, in 2002 as a service technician and now successfully leads the ARA Mechanical National Service Department. Responsible for the overall performance of all contracts and KPIs, Jamie manages more than 55 staff at ARA Mechanical’s Sydney, Orange and ACT locations.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the air conditioning industry, Jamie has a strong professional understanding of commercial contractual obligations in terms of both resourcing and innovation and his team delivers a high standard of customer service across all functions.
Mentoring and leading his team, Jamie has a strong record of retaining staff which is a testament to his focus on developing his staff’s career and industry goals and the service department’s overall success.
Bill Dale is ARA Mechanical’s National Construction Manager and has more than 40 years’ experience in the air conditioning industry. Joining ARA Mechanical in 2007, Bill is an experienced mechanical engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers in Australia.
Bill leads the ARA Mechanical design and construction team for all major projects. Most recently, Bill lead the team to the successful completion of the M5 West Connex – Stage 2.
Sanjay Ahuja has more than 30 years’ experience in the HVAC industry across different countries. An accomplished construction manager, Sanjay joined the ARA Mechanical team in 2004 as a project manager and in 2011 became the NSW Construction Manager. During his time with ARA Mechanical, he has worked on a number of HVAC projects across various industry segments including infrastructure, education, residential and commercial.
Sanjay is responsible for identifying and managing risks, administering contracts, and monitoring and managing team performance. Striving for customer satisfaction and timely delivery of projects, Sanjay’s strengths are in creating a cohesive project team to enable working with a team spirit, safe and friendly environment.
Wayne Sampson heads up the ARA Mechanical finance team. With more than 30 years’ experience in the finance sector, Wayne brings a wealth of knowledge to his role and the team. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and a Graduate Diploma of Taxation with distinctions.
Stephen Mortimer is ARA Mechanical’s National Safety and Compliance Manager. Since 2017 Stephen has become an expert in compliance and risk management across a number of industries, especially within the HVAC industry. Stephen’s background includes design, development and implementation of structured operating processes. Most recently, Stephen has taken the lead in educating our employees on all aspects of mental health in the workplace.
HEALTH & SAFETY
ARA Mechanical is independently certified to the highest national level AS/NZS 4801, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. We are committed to our employees and their health and well-being. To read more on our commitment and see our workplace health and safety policies, see our corporate responsibilities page.
ARA Mechanical is also a proud member of several industry associations and holds licenses to work in the refrigeration and air conditioning industries. These include:
Contractor’s Licence – 141852C
ARC Refrigeration Trading Authorisation (Membership # AU16974) – The Australian Refrigeration Council Ltd (ARC) is the peak body for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry in Australia.
Green Building Council Australia Member (Membership # 5969) – Members since 2008, Green Building Council Australia are leaders in sustainably transforming built environments.
RACCA Member – The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association NSW (RACCA) represents refrigeration and air conditioning contractors involved in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.
AIRAH Member – The Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) represents professionals and practitioners working in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration and building services industries.
Insurance and Workers’ Compensation
General Liability (Public) : $50,000,000
Professional Indemnity: $20,000,000
ARA Mechanical Services Pty Ltd policies covers the full amount of the employers liability under the NSW – Workers Compensation Act 1987 and the ACT – Workers Compensation Act 1951.
Global Mark Accreditations – Sydney Location
ARA Mechanical is independently certified by Global Mark to the highest national level AS/NZS 4801, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. We are committed to our employees and their health and well-being. To read more on our commitment and see our workplace health and safety policies, see our corporate responsibilities page.
ARA Mechanical proudly supports many communities and charities across Australia. As a part of our mission to create a lasting legacy of support for our community, ARA Mechanical support the following organisations: