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What Exactly Does It Mean to Work in HVAC?

Jul 29, 2021 3:21:28 PM

The HVAC industry focuses on maintaining safe and comfortable indoor environments.

Working in HVAC means installing, adjusting, and fixing the building systems that control temperature, humidity, and air quality.

It’s about making sure indoor spaces don’t get too hot, too cold, or too uncomfortable—no matter what the weather is like outdoors.

HVAC is a broad and varied field. It encompasses heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems in all kinds of buildings: houses, offices, stores, ice rinks, storage facilities, and more.

In this post, we dive into what HVAC is all about, what sorts of career paths it offers, and what working in the industry is really like.

Here’s the info you need to decide if this trade is right for you.

Top 7 Skills You Learn in HVAC School (& Why They're Important)

May 3, 2021 12:15:39 PM

It's a great time to get into the heating and cooling trade. Skilled HVAC mechanics and technicians have excellent job prospects all over Ontario.

The Government of Canada Job Bank gives every region of the province 3 stars for HVAC employment - the highest possible rating.

Hoping to land one of those opportunities?

If you want to become a licensed HVAC professional, you'll need to complete an apprenticeship. But to get hired as an apprentice, you typically need some basic training (called pre-apprenticeship training).

So, what exactly does pre-apprenticeship HVAC training involve? What skills will you learn and how will they help you get hired as an apprentice?

In this post, we outline the 7 most important skills you'll develop at HVAC school (and how they'll help you land a job). Here's what you can expect.

What is an HVAC Technician? Duties, Skills, Life at Work

Mar 12, 2021 2:28:10 PM

Curious about a career in the heating and cooling trade? Before you can decide if this path is right for you, you need to understand what the job really involves.

So what is an HVAC technician?

HVAC technicians are experts in controlling indoor environments. They install and service heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in all kinds of buildings, from homes and offices to hospitals and factories.

That's the basic job description. But what does an HVAC technician actually do every day?

What types of skills are required? And what is it really like to work in this trade?

This post has the answers. We provide a clear breakdown of the typical job duties and required skills for HVAC technicians.

We also tell you about life on the job, including the pros and cons of working in the HVAC trade.

Let's get started.

How to Become an HVAC Apprentice: Expert Advice, Tips for Success

Mar 8, 2021 10:19:18 AM

If you want to become a certified HVAC technician, getting an HVAC apprenticeship is your first step. HVAC technician is a regulated trade in Ontario, so completing an apprenticeship isn't optional.

It's part of a 5-year process of classroom training and on-the-job learning that prepares you for certification.

You need a total of 8,280 apprenticeship hours before you can challenge the exam and become a certified journeyperson in the trade. The good news? Apprentices get paid, so you can earn while you learn.

But competing for good HVAC apprenticeship jobs isn't easy. How do you get an edge?

How Do You Choose a Good HVAC College? 8 Things to Notice

Feb 18, 2021 1:05:30 PM
Graduates from the HVAC training program at Herzing College 

If you've landed here, you're considering becoming an HVAC technician and want to explore training options in your area.

By now, you've probably realized there are many HVAC schools in the Toronto area. There are certificates, courses, diplomas, pre-apprenticeship programs, online options, and more.

How do these programs differ? What exactly should you be looking for in a quality HVAC college? 

Good questions. When you consider the time and money you'll need to invest, it's worth doing the research.

Plus, getting a good foundation in training is obviously key to landing a good job (which is the whole point of going to school).

So, in this post we're laying out the 8 most important qualities of a good HVAC college. These are the features to notice when you're comparing schools and choosing where to enroll.

No matter which HVAC college you end up choosing, make sure it meets these clear standards of quality and excellence.

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. 

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. 

HVAC versus Electrician: Which Skilled Trade is Better for You?

Jul 11, 2019 12:13:59 PM

If you look at skilled trade forums and discussion groups online, you'll often see debate over HVAC and electrician—and which career path is better.

It's not than one trade is actually superior to the other. It's more that they're both very popular...so students often have a hard time deciding which path to pursue.

In this post, we're breaking down the benefits of both trades. To help you make a smart decision, we'll look at training, key skills, job outlook, and typical pros and cons of HVAC and electrician work.

In the end, it will come down to which field you're more passionate about. But we're hoping this information helps clarify a few things. Let's get started.

Top 7 Skills You'll Learn in HVAC Training: What to Expect in Class

May 24, 2019 12:27:20 PM
Photo: HVAC students at Herzing College in Toronto, Ontario (2019)

Updated February 2021.

So, you're thinking about becoming an HVAC mechanic. It's a smart career path, given the excellent job outlook for HVAC mechanics across Ontario.

According to the latest Government of Canada job report, HVAC mechanics are in demand throughout the province. This trade gets 3/3 stars for growth—the Job Bank's highest rating:

"Employment in this occupation has increased in Ontario over the past several years...and will likely remain healthy over the forecast period. Repair and maintenance will create ongoing work [and] HVAC mechanics may find additional opportunities to install air handling and refrigerated systems across a range of non-residential facilities such as ice rinks, grocery stores, restaurants, and processing plants."

There are many residential and commercial job opportunities in Ontario for skilled HVAC mechanics, and demand is expected to hold steady over the next 10 years.

This is excellent news for anyone considering HVAC training. Your next step is to enrol in a quality pre-apprenticeship HVAC program.

Want a Career in HVAC? 5 Skills You'll Need to Get Hired

May 6, 2019 2:43:51 PM
  HVAC specialists monitor refrigeration weight and pressure of a chiller in order to correctly recharge the unit (Image source: NAVFAC)
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