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Canada’s graduating HVAC students proved how capable they are during early March at the at the annual MCA America Student Chapter Competition finals held in Phoenix, Arizona, during the MCAA annual conference.

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The team of six students from our Hamilton-Niagara/McMaster University Student Chapter clinched runners-up spot, and a cheque for $5,000. In addition, McMaster student Carmen Bracho, was voted Most Valuable Presenter by the audience and received a gift card worth $500.

McMaster’s team of Marisa Caluori, Keara Guay, Carmen Bracho, Eva Bracho, Philip Reinders and David DeVisser impressed the audience of 2,500 delegates and a panel of judges with their mechanical design for Indiana University’s football stadium.


According to a recent report in Mechanical Business Magazine, Humber College HVAC grads are in great demand, based on discussions taking place with potential employers at the school’s annual Career Fair held during March.

The report quotes HVACR Professor Alan Gaunt, who indicated that many of his students had interviews lined up both in connection with the event and separately, and that up to 90% of his students generally have a job or job offer by the time they graduate. Gaunt also described how some first-year students were pleasantly surprised to learn by attending the fair how broad the field is and how many different types of HVAC careers are possible.


Secondary and post-secondary students will have a chance to show off their HVAC prowess again this spring at the Annual Skills Ontario Competition, May 6-8, at the Toronto Congress Centre.

The three-day event attracts educators, family, friends and prospective employers to bear witness as students compete for Gold, Silver or Bronze medals. HRAI is responsible for organizing the heating system technician competition on May 7. We also prepare workshops and fun events for elementary students on May 6.

“We’re looking for volunteer judges and donors from industry,” says HRAI organizer, Grace Diecidue. “It’s a great opportunity for companies to get to know some of our wonderful young grads, and promote themselves as forward-looking employers.”

Grace describes a demanding competition for secondary and post-secondary students involving hands-on installation tests, a written exam and a mock employer interview, that requires a change of clothes a resumé, and so on. “It’s quite a demanding four-hour contest, with the high school students in the morning and the post-secondary students in the afternoon.”

This event is great way for bright young people to show off their skills and every year we are thrilled by the high level of talent our Ontario students bring to the competition.” More information on the HRAI skills competition can be found here.