What do they do?

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

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?

  • 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.

Pathway

Unit standards in schools

Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English.

Gateway programme available

Apprenticeship

  • Mechanical Building Services Engineer
  • System Designer
  • Commercial Engineer
  • Industrial Enginee.

Higher learning

  • Supervisor

Higher learning

  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner.

Qualifications available

Specialisations

  • Environmental control systems
  • Air conditioning and heating systems
  • Specialist ventilation and fluid conveyancing systems
  • Non-potable water systems
  • Medical and laboratory gas systems.

This qualification has been developed by leading New Zealand mechanical building service specialists to equip staff with the skills and knowledge to work productively and safely.

With technology and automation rapidly driving change in the mechanical building services sector, this qualification is designed with the future in mind so your people can respond and adapt to change.

Most of the learning is practical work completed on-the-job. Apprentices are also required to complete eLearning via our online learning platform Canvas, and attend block courses for two to three weeks each year.

Speak to your training advisor or account manager for details on programme and resource pricing.

All graduates will be able to:

  • Understand relevant health and safety legislation and workplace safety culture
  •  Interpret drawings and specifications and use the appropriate materials, processes, tools and equipment for the task
  • Apply knowledge of sustainability and the refrigeration cycle as they relate to the building services industry and the significance of refrigerants to the industry and the environment
  • Apply trade engineering skills and knowledge to plan, fabricate, assemble, install, test and maintain a range of mechanical building services plant and systems
  • Commission basic installations and work with specialists in the commissioning of the full range of complex mechanical building services plant and systems
  • Use effective and efficient processes, principles and quality systems to produce components and provide mechanical building services
  • Communicate effectively within a team and the wider workplace
  • Recognise the limits of their own ability and the importance of working with integrity and maintaining currency in the mechanical building services field.

 

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Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Comprehend and apply detailed knowledge underpinning good practice as an engineering technician
  • Comprehend and apply detailed knowledge underpinning good practice as an engineering technician that is specific to the jurisdiction in which he/she practices
  • Be responsible for making decisions on part or all of one or more or more well-defined engineering activities
  • Manage part or all of one or more well-defined engineering activities in accordance with good engineering management practice
  • Communicate clearly with others in the course of his/her well defined engineering activities
  • Maintain the currency of engineering knowledge and skills
  • Exercise sound engineering judgement
  • Conduct engineering activities to an ethical standard at least equivalent to the relevant code of ethical conduct
  • Recognise the reasonably foreseeable social, cultural and environmental effects of well-defined engineering activities generally

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering strand will also be able to:

  • Identify, state and analyse well-defined engineering problems in accordance with good practice for engineering
  • Design or develop solutions to well-defined engineering problems by applying accepted procedures and methodologies
  • Identify risk and apply risk management techniques to well-defined engineering problems

NZQA qualification overview