HVAC technician job description
In the course of your workday, you might:
- design, develop, maintain and test heating, ventilating and cooling equipment and machinery
- disassemble equipment, troubleshoot problems and make repairs or replacements before reassembling that equipment
- follow blueprints or other design specifications to install or repair HVAC systems
- connect systems to fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components
- install electrical wiring and controls and test for proper operation
- inspect and maintain customers’ HVAC systems
- test individual components to determine necessary repairs
To succeed as a HVAC Technician, you need:
- an understanding of related skills such as plumbing, electrical, and construction
- to be able to read blueprints and be familiar with a wide range of tools
- current knowledge of building codes and industry standards and practises, including the new green energy trends
- good communication skills
- a professional image
- general computer skills
- knowledge of AutoCad or other design programs if you specialize in design
HVAC technicians who work in industrial, commercial, or residential settings are needed to meet increasing demand in Canada to install and maintain equipment, especially new energy efficient products.
HVAC professionals can aspire to supervisory positions, move into positions in technical sales, or become drafting technologists and technicians. Those who work for companies or as subcontractors can become self-employed contractors.
You 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 often required to deal with a diverse customer base.
Employers, want to hire trained HVAC technicians? Contact Randstad and let us provide you with qualified candidates as part of your recruitment strategy.