Featured Career of the Week: HVAC Technician!

This week’s featured job is one that will continue to offer reliable and high paying work in Canada: HVAC Technician!

This career is one that we take for granted, because the heating and cooling of a home is something a layman may not think about regularly. But let me tell you, when a component of the heating/cooling system of your home malfunctions — it is massively inconvenient, especially when you live in an more extreme environment.

 

HVAC technician is an umbrella term that includes a number of more specialized fields include: Installer, Service Technician, Energy Efficiency Specialist and many others. For our purposes today we will be going over the more general field of HVAC Technician.

Overview

HVAC, for those who don’t know, stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Sometimes R (for refrigeration) is included, but for our purposes we’ll stick to typical HVAC for now. Essentially being an HVAC Technician is the maintenance and installation of the systems that maintain the quality of the air and the correct temperature of your home (the control systems). The air quality and temperature controls are obviously an integral part of any residential home, but are also important in any structure.

HVAC technology is in apartment buildings, hotels and senior living facilities, medium to large industrial and office buildings such as skyscrapers and hospitals, on ships and submarines, and in marine environments, where safe and healthy building conditions are regulated with respect to temperature and humidity, using fresh air from outdoors.

All of these structures need people with the expertise to install, maintain and replace the systems that control the air temperature and quality. It should be obvious now that this job isn’t going anywhere! The technology is changing, and the job requires an aptitude for constant learning and improvement. This career is great for people who love learning!

There are a number of components involved in HVAC systems, and if you enjoy the technical skills of mechanical engineering, you will appreciate the knowledge of HVAC technicians and possibly be interested in this line of work.

Being an HVAC Technician takes a deep knowledge of the laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Someone who loves learning about mechanical systems and loves problem solving, will do well as an HVAC technician.

As mentioned before, HVAC technicians are paid well, the median salary in Canada is about $65,000 and salary can go above $100,000 for more specialized technicians. The career is a stable one. The technology will change and Technicians will have to adapt, but there will always be a need for skilled professionals to maintain HVAC systems.

An HVAC technician also is able to finish the day knowing that they made a significant impact in people’s lives, while also spending time in engaging and complex work. The sense of accomplishment is reported as part of this job that people love the most!

Educational resources

The standards of HVAC Technicians are extremely high. Certificate programs (which typically take one year or less) or diploma programs (which are usually two years long) can prepare you for an entry-level position as an HVAC installer or service technician.

I encourage you to visit trade-schools.net, which offers some great insights into the HVAC fields and many others.

Dalhousie University Certificate Program — Halifax

Pre-Apprenticeship Training — Toronto

BCIT — School of Energy

Durham College

VIU

Centennial College — Toronto

As always, check out Work In Trades for the latest careers in Skilled Trades, Project Management, Engineering and much more!

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