The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration co-operative education diploma program prepares students to design, build, maintain, and repair essential indoor comfort and cooling systems.
About the program
The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC and R) Technician program provides a foundation in basic heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration system design, installation, and service. An on-the-job experience component supports BCIT instruction.
The program is two years in duration, combining classroom and shop instruction with two 22-week cooperative education placements in industry. The first year is devoted to direct refrigeration systems. The second year includes a broad range of topics focused on HVAC systems design, operation, and controls. The program also includes Gas B training spread out over the two-year program.
Who it’s for
This career path is suited to those who are interested in working with mechanical and electrical systems, and who enjoy troubleshooting and being independent. The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program prepares students to seek employment as an apprentice Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.
What grads can do
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 mechanic fabricates, installs, alters, repairs, and services any system used for cooling and/or heating (i.e., heat pumps) in closed systems that contain a refrigerant or brine and thermoelectric cooling. This includes piping, controls, and electrical work. These workers also connect rooftop units to gas, and test and balance systems.
Graduates also support refrigeration equipment used in supermarkets, food processing, and cold storage facilities. Designing, installing, maintaining, and repairing equipment used in sports facilities such as hockey and curling rinks is also a vital part of the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter and complete the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship program. Once you have completed the 6,210 hours required by ITA, you will be ale to write the interprovincial Red Seal exam for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.
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 the existing Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship program 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. Graduates of this program who enter the trade within one year of graduation can expect to receive credit for all four levels of technical training for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship.
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.
Robin Gibson, Refrigeration TQ and IP
Michael Devlin, Refrigeration TQ and IP
Ricky He, Refrigeration TQ and IP
Robert Supeene, Refrigeration TQ and IP
Paul Morrison, DiplT, BEng, AScT
Interim Associate Dean
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