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Fast Track Your Career as an HVAC & R Technician!

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The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC and R) industry designs, builds, maintains and repairs essential indoor comfort and cooling systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Refrigeration equipment is used in supermarkets, and food processing and cold storage facilities, and sports facilities such as hockey and curling rinks which are also a vital part of the industry. As a result of the expanding markets for refrigeration and air conditioning and changing technology, a dramatic need exists for qualified personnel both at home and abroad. A Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic journeyperson fabricates, installs, alters, repairs/services any system used for cooling and/or heating (eg heat pumps) in closed systems that contain a refrigerant or a brine and thermoelectric cooling. This includes piping, controls and electrical work. These workers also connect rooftop units to gas and test and balance systems.

The program

The HVAC and R Technician certificate is a non co-op program which provides a foundation in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration system design, installation and service. The program is 40 weeks in duration combining classroom and shop instruction. After learning direct refrigeration systems, a broad range of topics focused on HVAC systems design, operation and controls are learned. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosis, service requirements and procedures. Graduates of this program who enter the trade within one year of graduation can expect to receive credit for three levels of technical training for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship.

Students are encouraged to return to Level 4 apprentice training (8 weeks) when appropriate to receive the Class B Gas training and prepare for the Interprovincial Red Seal certification exam.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

This program is open to applications beginning November 1st*. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

*or next business day

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The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

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Scheduled intakes

October each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

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Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Approximately $1118 for all books and supplies including calculator, safety boots and glasses, respirator, drafting supplies, etc.

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0700–1400, Monday through Friday

Program delivery

Combination of classroom and hands-on shop experience.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  HVAC 1095 Apply Effective Learning Techniques 0.5
  HVAC 1100 Apply Trade Safety Practices 2.0
  HVAC 1102 Process Technical Information 3.0
  HVAC 1103 Apply Trade Tools and Fasteners 4.0
  HVAC 1111 Install Refrigeration Project 2.0
  HVAC 1114 Apply Fundamentals of Refrigeration 11.0
  HVAC 1115 Proper Service Procedures 8.0
  HVAC 1116 Apply Electrical Fundamentals 6.0
  HVAC 1117 Interpret Electrical Diagrams 4.0
  HVAC 1118 Apply Electrical Test Equipment 2.0
  HVAC 1119 Install Electrical/Mechanical Devices 4.0
  HVAC 2110 Design Refrigeration Systems 4.0
  HVAC 2111 Ammonia Systems/Water Treatment 3.0
  HVAC 2112 Describe Basic HVAC Systems 2.0
  HVAC 2113 Air Distribution Arrangement for HVAC 2.0
  HVAC 2114 Air Properties and Measurements 2.0
  HVAC 2115 Explain HVAC Control Loops 4.0
  HVAC 2116 Maintain Heat Pump Systems 4.0
  HVAC 3100 Communicate HVAC Heat/Cool Load Calculations 3.0
  HVAC 3102 Design HVAC Distribution Systems 3.0
  HVAC 3103 Maintain Computer Environmental Systems 4.0
  HVAC 3104 Explain Heat Recovery/Energy Management 2.0
  HVAC 3112 Prepare for Employment 0.5
 
Total Credits: 80.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

40 weeks, full-time

Grading

Course passing grade is 64 per cent. In order to successfully complete each level a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 70 per cent is required. An overall GPA of 70 per cent is required to successfully complete the program.

Accreditation

Graduates of this program who enter the trade within one year of graduation can expect to receive credit for three levels of technical training for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprenticeship.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation or Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) program. This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program will produce competent entry-level tradespersons who are knowledgeable in all aspects of the HVAC and R industry. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter and complete a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship with employers such as commercial/industrial refrigeration contractors, air conditioning commercial contractors, HVAC and R controls, or they may find positions in building maintenance. Workers in this trade must be apprentices or journeypersons.

Job opportunities in this field are broad and far reaching. The largest employer classifications are wholesaler and contracting firms. Other employers could be government agencies and large hotel and resort chains. Opportunities for employment come as a result of an expanding market, as well as a turnover of skilled technicians who may be retiring or moving up to supervisory positions.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and staff

  • Glenn Walsh, Refrigeration TQ and IP, CD, Chief Instructor
  • Mark Buller, BEng, PID, CD1
  • Ricky He, Refrigeration TQ and IP
  • Kerri Macmillan, Administrative Assistant
  • Alex Rosenthal, BEd (Tech), MA
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

  • Mark Porter, Airstream Heating & AC
  • Peter Whiten, Custom Air Conditioning Ltd.
  • Maurice Castonguay, Trane

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