Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain repair and overhaul air conditioning refrigeration and combined heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems.

Enjoys working with machines.

Good hand-eye coordination.

Good Problem Solver.


  • Installing, troubleshooting and overhauling entire heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
  • Working with hand and power tools to install refrigeration or air conditioning components.
  • Testing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems for leaks.
  • Measuring and cutting piping, and connecting piping using welding equipment.
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strength and coordination.
  • Self-reliance.
  • Precision.
  • Problem solving.
  • Communication skills.
  • Knack for working with machines.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Highschool or equivalent. Complete a three-to four year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $41-$42

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

HVAC Technicians install, maintain, and repair HVAC systems in schools, office buildings, homes, factories, hospitals, and other facilities.