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everything you need to know about HVAC jobs

As an HVAC technician (short for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) you work in homes and businesses where heating and cooling equipment is located. The equipment you work with often controls the air quality in buildings, so your job is extremely important to maintaining livable conditions.

You often travel to job sites, particularly if you’re a contractor or sub-contractor. Though you may also find job opportunities in manufacturing plants and other commercial buildings as a part of the permanent maintenance team.

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average HVAC technician salaries in canada

HVAC technician salaries vary depending on your skill and experience level. Typically HVAC technicians are paid an hourly rate ranging from about $15 for new technicians to as high as $37 for highly experienced technicians. An average HVAC technician salary hovers around $22 per hour, which would work out to just over $45,000 for a full-time 40 hour work week.

The more skill and experience you bring to the table, the higher you can expect your salary to be. If you have an HVAC engineer certification or other mechanical engineering skills, you will find additional opportunities to advance your career and your salary.



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what HVAC technician jobs entail

In Canada, HVAC technicians are needed to meet increasing demand to install and maintain equipment, especially new energy efficient products. You can opt to work in a variety of different settings including industrial, commercial, or residential. Often HVAC technicians choose to specialize in one of these areas.

If you work in the residential field, you will likely travel to individual customers' homes and fix their heating and cooling systems. If you work in an industrial or commercial setting, you will likely work on and maintain in-house equipment at one location, though you may be required to travel to other locations as your expertise is required.

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your day to day work

As an HVAC technician some of your daily tasks will include:

  • designing, developing, maintaining and testing HVAC equipment
  • disassembling equipment and troubleshooting problems
  • making repairs or replacements and reassembling equipment
  • installing equipment following blueprints and other specifications
  • connecting systems to fuel and water lines and other components
  • installing electrical wiring and controls and testing their operation
  • inspecting and maintaining customers’ HVAC systems
  • testing individual components to determine necessary repairs
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where you can work

As an HVAC technician, you can work in residential, industrial or commercial settings. If you work in the residential sector, you will be installing and repairing HVAC equipment in individuals' homes. If you work in the industrial or commercial sectors, you will be repairing industrial grade systems and equipment.

With the boom in energy-friendly alternatives to outdated and inefficient equipment, as well as the ongoing wear-and-tear all HVAC systems endure, there is a strong need for HVAC technicians all across Canada, particularly in areas with a strong industrial presence.

what you bring to the table

To be a successful HVAC technician, you must be able to analyze and troubleshoot problems. Being able to communicate successfully with customers is also a valuable skill that will make your job easier.

In addition to your technical competencies with HVAC installation and repair, employers will also be looking for candidates who:

  • have related skills such as plumbing, electrical, and construction
  • are able to read and follow blueprints
  • are familiar with and able to use a wide range of tools
  • have current knowledge of building codes and regulations
  • know industry standards and practices, including green energy trends
  • present a professional image
  • have general computer skills
  • know design software such as AutoCad (this is particularly important if you plan to specialize in HVAC design)

training and certifications

To find an HVAC technician job, you'll need to complete formal training in mechanical engineering technology at a college or trade school. Typically, employers look for successful completion of a three to five year apprenticeship program.

While employers prefer experienced workers, some opportunities exist for entry-level workers with the required training and apprenticeship.

HVAC technicians can be licensed through provincial associations after working under supervision for two years. Many employers require certification. The ability to speak both French and English is an asset as it allows you to work with more a diverse customer base.

where your career is headed

HVAC technicians are needed in Canada to meet the demand to install and maintain equipment. As new, more energy efficient products are designed, HVAC technicians are needed to install and test these systems.

With the right training and experience, HVAC technicians can aspire to other jobs in the mechanical engineering field such as HVAC engineer, mechanical drafter and mechanical engineer. You can also move into supervisory and management positions.

Another option to consider is self-employment. Some HVAC technicians find they can increase their salary and enjoy more freedom and flexibility by becoming an independent HVAC contractor.

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