Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and exceed central residential air conditioning facilities, refrigerants and commercial and industrial air conditioners, as well as combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems. The cold transport mechanisms are part of this group. Want to know more? Watch this WorkBC Career Trek Video and see what it`s like to work in this kind of career. For more information, please visit the Industry Training Authority`s website in www.itabc.ca. Cold and climate mechanics can start their careers as traders or in the entry position, or they can start as apprentices. Visit our training page under www.workbc.ca/trades to learn more about learning and crafting in B.C. As of July 1, 2017, when the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) comes into force, you will not need meaningful training, experience, review or evaluation if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulator. This is true whether you have been trained in Canada or internationally. Learn more about labour mobility in www.workersmobility.ca.
For information on worker mobility and recognition of foreign qualifications, please contact the B.C. Regulatory Authority of your profession. Working in awkward or narrow positions and in heights are common. Risks may include injuries caused by handling a heavy appliance or by an electric shock. Safety procedures are followed, including handling potentially harmful refrigerants. The construction industry, which is the largest employer of cold and climate mechanics, is in high demand for labour in both the housing and non-housing sectors. Public financing of investment projects could also be an important source of construction work. Industry sources indicate that there is an overcrowding of people trying to enter the sector, only with prior training or even without prior experience.
Most of the vacancies will come from the need to replace those who retire. The new concern for energy savings should lead to the development of new energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. With a focus on better energy management and environmentally friendly refrigerants, it is likely that older systems in existing homes and buildings will be replaced by more efficient systems. These activities will create a demand for refrigeration and air conditioning. Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanisms often work indoors. You can work in buildings under construction or in warehouses, office towers, hospitals, schools or shops. Outdoor work may also be required, so that workers may be exposed to different weather conditions. This is an average occupational category with an above-average number of full-time workers throughout the year. Other Facts: This profession is authorized to acquire the qualification for Interprovincial Standard Endorement (Red Seal) through the Industry Training Authority. This allows refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics to work in any province or area.
As soon as individuals pass the final exam of their accredited training program, they obtain certification and automatically obtain the Red Seal qualification. Most cold and climate mechanics work 40 hours a week. However, overtime and preparation work are often required to complete a project or to immediately repair defective critical equipment (. B for example freezers with perishable objects). Completion of secondary education and a valid driver`s license are generally required to work in this field. In British Columbia, all refrigeration mechanics must: workers with 10,830 hours of documented experience, directly related to work experience, can challenge the Interprovincial exam