Heating, ventilating & air conditioning

Look around you, every supermarket, shopping mall or office tower is fitted with an HVAC system – and so too are many residential homes. Competenz trains the people who control the temperature and air quality of New Zealand’s buildings.

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Mechanical building services engineers maintain the components used in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. They install split system air conditioning units and fabricate, install and maintain systems in homes, office buildings, hospitals and factories. You could be installing a heat pump in a residential house or doing commercial maintenance in shopping mall or an office tower on any day.

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Typical day

Normally an 8 hour day; sometimes working longer may be required. Work can include installing split system air conditioning, ventilation and air conditioning engineering (fabricating, installing and maintaining systems in office buildings, hospitals and factories) through to refrigeration engineering in warehouses, ships, containers and trucks. You are likely to work is a huge variety of locations.

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Does this sound like you?

Study areasAttributesHelpful experiencePreferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Good at precision work
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits / time management
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (outdoors)
  • Different places from time to time

How much could I earn?

  • Newly Qualified

    $41k - $73k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:
  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineer
  • HVAC System Design
  • Commercial HVAC Engineer
  • Industrial HVAC Engineer
  • Supervisor 
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
 Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsApprenticeshipHigher learningHigher learning