One thing you can pretty much rest assured of in Canada is there are a lot of homes that will need to be heated at some time of the year. The majority of those homes will be heated by forced air furnaces and when they break that is when you will need to call your local HVAC mechanic. These individuals are highly skilled technicians that are trained to handle a wide variety of tasks. Here are some of the jobs that an HVAC mechanic has to be able to do.
When you are an HVAC mechanic unfortunately the work does not come to you so you will need to be able to drive. Those of you who commute back and forth to work know this is not an easy task; just imagine doing it all day long every day as part of your work. So definitely an HVAC technician needs to be a skilled driver.
Most HVAC units runs some of the equipment that they are made up of by electricity; even gas and oil furnaces will have things such as electric fans to move the air and electronic controls too. These parts all need to be repaired or replaced from time to time. An HVAC mechanic must be very knowledgeable about electricity and know how to work around it safely.
Gas and Oil Technician
If you are going to be an HVAC mechanic you better know really well how to do oil and gas equipment troubleshooting and repairs. Just about all central heating and air appliances produce the heat that the system produces by burning natural gas, propane or heating oil. They require a working knowledge of the piping it takes to move the fossil fuel and to make sure it is leak free; the technician must also be aware that they are working with a flammable and potentially explosive material. It takes special guidance and proper training to learn the correct techniques to work with and repair gas and oil furnaces.
Some HVAC systems also produce the hot water that is used in a household, so an HVAC mechanic needs to be familiar with the plumbing that the water goes through and how to repair it. If a system gets a leak it must be repaired right away before it can do major damage to the HVAC unit and the surrounding area.
Customer Service Rep
If you dont like dealing with people when you work then you better consider a different line of work other than an HVAC mechanic. They work with several different people every day most of the time. They have to schedule and reschedule appointments, explain to customers what repairs they need and also collect payment when the work is finished. As you well know, not every customer is fun to work around especially when they are paying money for a repair.
As you can clearly see an HVAC mechanic must be able to do several different types of tasks all under the premise that it is one single job.