Gas Technician Training: Our Instructor Answers Your Questions

Feb 21, 2020 1:05:10 PM
Photo: Gas Technician instructor, Winston McKenzie-Plummer at Herzing College Toronto
 
Winston McKenzie-Plummer is a proven expert in the gas trade. He is a G1 holder, successful HVAC business owner, and respected instructor at Herzing College Toronto.

Thinking about becoming a gas technician? You've come to the right place. As both an instructor and employer, with over 20 years experience in the field, Winston knows exactly what you need to succeed.

We interviewed Winston this week to get an inside look at gas tech training. We talked about what to expect in class, the toughest parts of training, TSSA exams, and how to get hired.

He also explained gas technician job options, tips for impressing employers, and the biggest advantages to choosing this trade.

This is everything you need to know about starting a career in the gas trade, straight from an expert. Let's get started.

Typical HVAC Jobs and Salaries: What Can You Expect?

Feb 6, 2020 10:08:45 AM
 Photo: HVAC specialists monitor refrigeration weight and pressure of a chiller in order to correctly recharge the unit.

Updated February 2021.

So, you’re considering a career in HVAC and you’re wondering about job options and salaries in Ontario. Researching this information is actually an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the industry.  

You need a realistic idea of where you can work and how much money you can make. This information can help you decide if HVAC is the right trade for you. 

In this post, we explain 4 common HVAC jobs, including typical duties and the latest information on salaries for each role. We cover both entry-level and advanced positions. 

We also include stats on overall demand for HVAC professionals in Ontario, and what to expect in HVAC training. Let’s get started. 

My Life at Work After the Appliance Service Technician Program

Dec 27, 2019 10:26:26 AM
 Samantha Barrette working on an appliance at Trans Global Service

Pros & Cons of Working in HVAC: What Should You Know Up Front?

Nov 19, 2019 10:40:12 AM

Checking out your options for a career in the skilled trades? Considering HVAC because you’ve heard there’s good demand in this field? 

This post is for you. Before you go ahead and sign up for HVAC training, you need a solid overview of what it means to work in this trade. 

Why Appliance Service Technician is Such a Smart Career Choice

Oct 30, 2019 3:36:59 PM

Photo: Students in the Appliance Service Technician program at Herzing College Toronto

Updated December, 2020

Thinking about a trades career, but haven't seriously considered appliance repair? You’re not alone. This field is often overlooked by people entering the trades.  

Plumbing, electrical, HVAC...they all get plenty of attention and interest. But somehow appliance repair flies under the radar. 

The fact is this industry is really growing fast in Canada. There is a serious shortage of appliance service technicians and strong demand for people with the latest technical skills. 

Meet Darren Fearnley: Your Expert Guide to HVAC Training

Oct 22, 2019 9:17:42 AM

Darren Fearnley is a 40-year veteran of the HVAC industry. He teaches the HVAC and Gas Technician program at Herzing College. 

Are you thinking of becoming an HVAC mechanic? No matter which part of the industry you’re aiming for, your path begins with a solid pre-apprenticeship program.  

Students with a good grounding in HVAC fundamentals have a much better chance of landing an apprenticeship—which you’ll need to get certified. 

Should You Become a Plumber or an Electrician? 7 Points to Consider

Oct 10, 2019 2:40:09 PM

Pre-apprenticeship students in class at Herzing College (2019)

Stable Demand for Network Cabling Specialists in Ontario: Should You Get Trained?

Sep 30, 2019 1:28:47 PM

A network cabling student at work in the classroom at Herzing College

Pre-apprenticeship Plumber Training: 8 Things to Know Before You Begin

Sep 20, 2019 2:52:43 PM

Pre-apprenticeship plumber students hard at work at Herzing College in Toronto 

Thinking about becoming a plumber, and looking into pre-apprenticeship programs? Like most skilled tradespeople right now, plumbers are in demand—so it’s a smart career choice. 

Review of Herzing's Combined Electrician & Network Cabling Program

Sep 9, 2019 1:09:01 PM

Photo: Leshan Patterson at the Herzing College Skilled Trades campus

Updated January, 2021.

Leshan Patterson never intended to pursue a career in the skilled trades. He went to university and earned a degree in Bio-medical Science, before realizing he wasn't on the right career path.

Leshan started researching other options, and discovered he was a perfect fit to become an electrician. He enrolled in the Combined Electrician and Network Cabling Technology Program at Herzing, and never looked back.

Now, he's graduated from the program, and just been hired as an Electrician Apprentice with Micromaster Pioneers - a Toronto company that delivers residential and commercial electrical services.

We interviewed Leshan to find out what he thought of Herzing's training, and what he's up to at his new job. He gave us an inside look at what it's like to go back to school, and take a chance on a new career path.

Here are the highlights from our conversation.

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