Company Owner, Contractors and Supervisors of Mechanical Trades

NOC (National Occupational Classification)

  • NOC 7301 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
  • NOC 7203 Pipefitting
  • NOC 7205 Construction Trades

Who am I?

The HVACR industry includes heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and pipefitting trade contractors that own and operate their own businesses. Also included in this group are supervisors coordinating workers' activities, employed by any of these trade contractors and supervisors of maintenance departments of industrial, commercial and institutional establishments.

Other Titles

  • Contractor, Heating Systems
  • Contractor, HVACR
  • Contractor, Mechanical Trades
  • Supervisor, Mechanics
  • Supervisor, HVACR
  • Supervisor, Plumbing and HVACR
  • Supervisor, Mechanical Trades

Essential Skills

Essential Skills are not the technical skills required by particular occupations but rather the skills applied in all occupations. These skills provide the foundation for learning all other skills and apply to careers in HVACR. See Employment and Social Development Canada for more details.

The most important Essential Skills for Contractors and Supervisors in the Mechanical Trades are:

  • Document Use - Contractors may create schematic diagrams of heating and ventilation systems or review architectural drawings and building plans to determine the best locations for installing heating and ventilation equipment.
  • Oral Communication – Important to effectively interact with suppliers, employees and customers regarding different aspects of each job and often needs to seek diplomatic resolutions
  • Thinking Skills - Includes the ability for job task planning and organizing daily work plan; developing schedules for themselves and workers changing and altering schedules as required for maximum efficiency.

What do I do?

As a Contractor Company Owner or Supervisor you may do the following:

  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who install, repair and maintain HVACR equipment
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • Requisition materials and supplies
  • Resolve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity
  • Employees actions: hire, train and promote workers
  • Ensure that standards for safe working conditions are observed; be knowledgeable of, and adhere to, national and provincial regulations and codes (fuel, Health and Safety Act, etc.)
  • A company owner manages the operations of his/her own company.


  • Completion of secondary school is usually required
  • Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a relevant trade are required
  • Journeyperson trade certification in a relevant trade is required
  • If a business owner, some business background and ongoing learning.