Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

NOC
7313

Install, maintain and repair residential central air conditioning systems, as well as heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems in industrial, commercial and mobile transport settings.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Limited
Limited

3 Year Job Openings

28
 

Median Hourly Wage

$26.00
$16.00
Low
$39.35
High

Median Salary

$47,579
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

482
 

% Working Full Time

96%
 

% Working Full Year

68%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems and combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems. They are employed by heating, refrigeration and air conditioning installation contractors, various industrial settings, food wholesalers, engineering firms and retail and servicing establishments. Transport refrigeration mechanics are included in this unit group.

Main Duties

Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings or other specifications
  • Measure and lay out reference points for installation
  • Assemble and install refrigeration or air conditioning components such as motors, controls, gauges, valves, circulating pumps, condensers, humidifiers, evaporators and compressors using hand and power tools
  • Measure and cut piping, and connect piping using welding and brazing equipment
  • Install, troubleshoot and overhaul entire heating, ventilation, air handling, refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Start up system and test for leaks using testing devices
  • Recharge system with refrigerant, check and test regulators, calibrate system and perform routine maintenance or servicing
  • Repair and replace parts and components for entire refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation or heat pump systems
  • May install, maintain and repair equipment in refrigerated trucks used to transport food or medical supplies
  • May prepare work estimates for clients.

Also Known As

  • central air conditioning mechanic
  • commercial air conditioning mechanic
  • heating and cooling mechanic
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic
  • refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic apprentice
  • refrigeration mechanic
  • transport refrigeration mechanic
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school and training courses or a vocational program is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over five years of work experience and industry courses in refrigeration and air conditioning repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Trade certification for transport refrigeration mechanics is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick and Alberta.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

3.6%
Female
96.4%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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12.1%
15-24
28.6%
25-34
22.0%
35-44
19.8%
45-54
15.4%
55-64
2.2%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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4.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
6.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
30.1%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
59.1%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

70.3%
Construction
6.6%
Other services (except public administration)
5.5%
Manufacturing
17.6%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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12.10%
Northeast
37.40%
Southeast
20.90%
Southwest
22.00%
Central
7.70%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$49,527
Northeast
$49,313
Southeast
$59,537
Southwest
$50,187
Central
$45,668
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$26.00
$16.00
Low
$40.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$47,579

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$60,123

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$47,579

Newfoundland

$55,250

Prince Edward Island

$57,331

Nova Scotia

$51,141

Canada

$57,063
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

28
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-8
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

35
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

108
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

117