April 4, 2018
Humber College’s second annual HVAC career fair attracted a crowd of students and soon-to-be graduates to network with potential employers.
The fair is offered exclusively to the college’s HVAC/R Technician and Technology programs, as well as its Sustainable Energy and Building Technology programs.
About 200 students attended the event, in addition to 27 employers – up from 13 compared to the college’s first career fair.
Exhibitors included: Noble, Wolseley, Mitsubishi Electric Canada, Baltimore Aircoil Company, Next Plumbing Hydronics, Reliance Home Comfort, Engineered Air, R.G. Henderson, Temspec and Yorkland Controls, among others.
“It’s a lot of diverse groups of people,” said Amanda Browning, HVAC and hydronic inside sales representative at Noble. “Everybody’s looking for something different. We’re here to show them that there’s a technician side, there’s a wholesale side and there’s really anything you can do in the industry.”
Businesses were able to promote their brand and career options while getting to know students on an informal basis.
Employers made use of Humber’s offices the following week to interview candidates. As a result, a number of students have landed part-time, full-time and summer jobs, according to Alan Gaunt, professor of HVAC at Humber.
“Its intimidating at first being a first year student,” said Tyler Woon, a first year HVAC/R student. “But all the companies are really helping out with the application process and what to do to build a career.”
Humber’s School of Applied Technology and its Academic and Career Success Centre organized the fair, held at the Learning Resource Common at Humber North Campus in Toronto, ON.
“We’ve done well with the career fairs,” said Ethan Manley, inside account manager at Wolseley Canada. “We want to get more exposure. It’s an aging industry and we need more young talent.”
Humber’s HVAC/R Technician and Technology Diploma trains students on installation and service techniques for heating and air conditioning systems in residential and small commercial buildings.
Courses include HVAC controls, refrigeration, engineering practices, technical mathematics, advanced piping systems, oil code, mechanical ventilation, HVAC software applications, combo-commissioning and more.
Humber’s Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology advanced diploma program provides training on energy systems used for commercial and industrial complexes. www.humber.ca