What Does a Pool & Hot Tub/ Spa Service Technician Do?

Pool & Hot Tub/ Spa Service Technicians (237S) repair, service and maintain all types of above-ground, on-ground and in-ground swimming pools, and hot tub/spa structures.                                            

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • reading and interpreting work documentation, including proposals, work orders, schematics and manufacturer's specifications
  • troubleshooting and servicing circulating, heating, filtering and electrical systems as well as pool and hot tub/spa structures
  • acquiring a good working knowledge of pool & spa structures, applicable Building & Zoning codes, Safety practices, Compulsory Trades Regulations, Municipal and Fencing By-Laws and Regulations as well as Licensing and Electrical Codes and Regulations
  • inspecting and testing the performance and function of a variety of equipment and systems, including multimeter or ammeter tests
  • replacing and repairing faulty parts, components or structures
  • using a variety of hand tools for repair and replacement purposes, including hammers, chisels, trowels, wrenches, glue, saws, epoxy, lubricants, shop vac, pipe cutters, hand torches, paint, roller and tray
  • keeping pace with work scheduling requirements
  • completing work documentation such as time sheets, work orders, invoices to record parts used, nature and scope of service problems warranty coverage, serial numbers, and pressure & gauge readings in a clear accurate way to company standards
  • communicating with customers, co-workers, supervisors and sub-trades personnel

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Service sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/wp-content/uploads/POOL-HOT-TUB-TECH-237S-SOT-EN2.pdf

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

In order to become a apprentice at this trade, you must be at least 16 years of age or older in the province of Ontario and have completed Grade 12 or equivalent. High school courses in English, Math or Science would be helpful, and enrollment in cooperative education in this field would be an asset. Completion of this type of apprenticeship will take 6,000 hours and will include theory classes and experience on-the-job. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Pool & Hot Tub/ Spa Service Technician?

People who work in this field may work outdoors, full-time while the weather permits or throughout the year on certain types of commercial installations. Growth in this area is mainly related to residential housing starts and homeowner purchasing trends as well as hospitality/ tourism trends. Some employees will go on to open and operate their own business while others may opt to enter related trades, sales, service or project management positions. Employment opportunities may be found with:

  • Pool and Spa companies
  • Pool Service and Accessories companies
  • Hot Tub Service & Installation companies
  • Self-Employment

Wage Rate

The wage rate in this field varies: from a low of  $11.00 per hour to a high of $23.00 per hour according to the 2002 Wage Book published by HRDC.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Pool & Hot Tub/ Spa Service Technician for You?

Do you enjoy working with hand tools tools, diagnosing and fixing things?

Yes     No

Do you have good reading, writing, mathematical and problem-solving skills?

Yes     No

Can you plan and organize tasks and manage your time effectively? 

Yes     No

Are you able to bend, stretch, kneel, stand, carry and lift up to 30 lbs in weight?

Yes     No

Are you interested in gaining knowledge of various regulations involving the sub-trades, as well as learning about surveying and site planning, plumbing, electrical systems and water chemistry?

Yes     No

Do you enjoy working in a hectic team environment interacting with co-workers, other trades, customers and supervisors?

Yes     No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, Pool & Hot Tub/ Spa Service Technician may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Electrician
  • Surveyor/ Drafting
  • Pool & Hot Tub/ Spa Installer
  • Pool & Hot Tub/ Spa Sales
  • Project Management - Construction


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