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HVAC Technician (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

Job Snapshot: 
Are you technically-minded? Do you like to fiddle and tinker with different systems and appliances? HVAC technicians are trained in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. They use technical knowledge and specialized tools to improve a building's energy use and air quality through a variety of retrofits and by installing new systems.
Roles & Responsibilities: 
You will need to have a firm grasp of basic heating and cool principles, as well as a good technical understanding of various products and systems. As the job requires installing and repairing systems, you should also be familiar with related building codes and regulations. You may have to work extra hours or be on-call during peak seasons. Additional safety precautions are necessary due to potentially hazardous refrigerants and risk of electrical shock.
Environmental Understanding and Essential Skills: 

Understanding: energy efficiency principles, building codes, health and safety regulations, and specialized training in mechanical and plumbing installation; knowledge of LEED priciples would be useful.

Skills: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, English, communication, analysis, attention to detail, heavy lifting.

Education and Recommended Courses: 
A high school diploma and specialized training through college or trade school is necessary. Apprenticeships are also very useful in gaining experience and skills. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) offers training and certification courses, as well as a membership program. Additional safety training is recommended. Useful courses include mathematics, sciences, English, and technology.
Potential Earnings: 
Employment Atmosphere: 

Relationships: Work may be done in teams with other technicians and contractors, or individually depending onthe project.

Atmosphere: Work is largely on site, in homes or commercial and industrial buildings, and can be indoors or outdoors.