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HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and refers to the different systems used to move air between indoor and outdoor areas. Typically, this career deals with installing, repairing, and maintaining heating and cooling systems for residential, industrial, and commercial buildings. The purpose of an HVAC system is more than just optimizing temperatures but is about improving indoor air quality to provide comfort and safety.
HVAC specialists work most often in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, and factories. Work sites can see significant temperature ranges since the heating and cooling systems they are maintaining and repairing may not be working properly. Work is completed both indoors and outdoors, and often requires entering cramped spaces. You typically work full-time hours but flexibility in scheduling is a must as irregular shifts are common. HVAC technicians can either work as a part of a team, in collaboration with other trades specialists, or independently and can be employed by public/government agencies, private companies, or as independent contractors.
After completing your apprenticeship, there may be additional certifications and tests to complete depending on your employment and location. This career has the option to obtain a Red Seal certification. This is a seal on your provincial or territorial trade certificate that shows you have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in your trade all across Canada. Although you will have to start at an entry-level, there are many opportunities for advancement leading to a supervisory or project management role. If you want to branch out on your own, independent contracting is a great option that allows you to set your own price point and schedule.
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