Mechanical Building Services

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 do they do?

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems engineers fabricate, install and maintain air conditioning units in offices, hospitals and factories.

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A typical day

Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.

Work can include installing and maintaining air conditioning and heating systems in office buildings, hospitals and factories.

You are likely to work in a huge variety of locations.

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     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management
  • Strong eye for detail
  • 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

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • Ideally, NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English
  • Heating, Ventilation and 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