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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. 

Becoming an HVAC Mechanic in Ontario: Training & Careers

Mar 18, 2019 10:46:10 AM
Photo: HVAC technician charging a heat pump with refrigerant

Updated May 2021.

This is an excellent time to become an HVAC mechanic in Ontario. The latest career outlook report from the Government of Canada Job Bank shows strong demand for HVAC mechanics and technicians, all across the province.

In fact, this occupation gets 3 stars for growth—the Job Bank's highest possible rating. Every single region of Ontario was awarded top marks for outlook in HVAC.

3 Stars for HVAC Career Outlook in Ontario

Source: Government of Canada Job Bank Market Report

Growth is particularly strong in major city centres like Toronto, where multiple new construction projects are raising demand for HVAC mechanics.

So, if you're considering becoming an HVAC mechanic, and want to jump in while the trade is hot, what steps should you take?

Here's a look at HVAC training and careers, and our best advice on how to get started.

Top 4 HVAC Career Paths: Explore & Compare Your Options

Feb 9, 2019 9:21:44 AM
 HVAC technician charging a heat pump with refrigerant

Looking for a cool career? HVAC technicians are responsible for literally keeping things cool - or at whatever the desired temperature happens to be.

These professionals take care of our heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, making sure our living spaces don't get too cold or hot. They may also install and repair refrigeration systems, which are the foundation of the international food industry.

4 Big Advantages to Choosing an HVAC Career

Dec 10, 2018 1:38:53 PM

Updated July, 2021.

Why should you choose an HVAC career, above all other trades?

Well, for starters, you're probably genuinely interested in the kind of work HVAC mechanics do.

This trade involves challenging diagnostics and problem-solving, technical installation and maintenance skills, and deep heating/cooling product knowledge.

HVAC mechanics play a vital role in our everyday lives. Where would we be without warm homes during the brutal Ontario winters? And cool spaces to retreat to during our short, but notoriously intense summers?

Quality HVAC systems keep our air fresh indoors, help sanitize our hospitals, and the latest tech even helps preserve our natural environment.

And of course, cooling technology is essential for the food industry, where reliable refrigeration is the backbone of safe storage and shipping.

From homes to public buildings to businesses to factories—HVAC mechanics have a key part to play across many sectors of the Canadian economy.

So, what else should motivate you to seize the day and start an HVAC career this year? Take a look at 4 big advantages to making this trade your own.

A Beginner's Guide to HVAC Training & Career Paths in Ontario

Nov 13, 2017 10:48:44 AM

Updated May 2021.

Considering an HVAC career, and wondering what's involved in training and licensing in the province of Ontario?

You've come to the right place.

In this post, we break down the theory and skills you'll learn in HVAC pre-apprenticeship training, and the steps required to earn your Certificate of Qualification to become a licensed journeyperson in the trade.

We also look at the latest market research on HVAC jobs in Ontario, including what's driving employment growth in this trade, and which skills are most valuable to today's employers.

Read on for your beginner's guide to HVAC training and career paths in Ontario.

3 Emerging HVAC Technologies that will Change Your Career

Sep 25, 2017 11:05:42 AM

 

Refrigerant Leak Causes & Tests: HVAC Technician Guide

Jul 5, 2017 10:35:02 AM

HVAC technicians monitor the refrigeration weight and pressure of a chiller in order to correctly recharge the unit (image source)

If a client calls complaining about an air conditioner or heat pump not working properly, a refrigerant leak is one possible source of the problem.

Not only do refrigerant leaks impair system performance, waste money, and hurt the environment, they're also poisonous to humans.

Starting an HVAC Career: Rewards, Challenges & Opportunities for New Students

Apr 16, 2017 3:50:30 PM

An HVAC mechanic checks the filter on an a/c unit  (image courtesy of KOMUnews)

When deciding on a trade, most experts advise students to consider three key factors: is the trade in demand where you live? Is there a growing need for trained professionals in the field? Are there opportunities to advance, develop a specialty, or take on different roles within the trade?

An HVAC career satisfies all three criteria. From residential systems to huge-scale industrial solutions, we rely on heating and cooling technology more than ever.

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