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The Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Diploma Program provides a foundation in refrigeration system design, installation and service. The first academic term is devoted to Direct Refrigeration Systems. The second and third academic terms emphasize the diagnosis, service requirements and procedures of HVAC system design, operation and controls.

For more information on the program, including an overview of the curriculum, please visit Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC&R) Technician.

Program schedule

Students in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC&R) Technician Diploma program alternate study terms with work terms. Employment periods commence after each of the first two academic terms.

Academic term 1 20 weeks
Work term 1 24 weeks
Academic term 2 10 weeks
Work term 2 22 weeks
Academic term 3 10 weeks

Student profile & capabilities

The following tasks:

  • Apply trade safety practices,
  • Process technical information,
  • Apply principles of technology,
  • Apply trade tools & fasteners,
  • Apply fundamentals of mechanical refrigeration,
  • Perform proper service & repair procedures,
  • Apply electrical fundamentals,
  • Interpret electrical diagrams,
  • Apply electrical test equipment,
  • Install electrical devices,
  • Design refrigeration system,
  • Install refrigeration project.

Upon completion of the second academic term students are able to perform the following tasks:

  • Describe basic HVAC systems,
  • Describe air distribution arrangements for HVAC systems,
  • Describe air properties & measurement for HVAC systems,
  • Explain heat recovery/thermal storage systems,
  • Maintain heat pump systems,
  • Apply water treatment for cooling towers and evaporative condensers,
  • Maintain HVAC control loops,
  • Describe ammonia systems

Employer testimonial

“Workplace education is the key for any apprentice learning their craft. Until you are in the field actually working on the equipment you really don’t get a full idea of what you are getting into. The co-op program for instance is great for that because its good mix between being in school and the workplace within the time frame of the course.”

Damon Davis, Airstream Heating and Air Conditioning

Student testimonials

“The benefits of the co-op program in my opinion are that it is a lot more intensive and hands on. This is what I have learned from employers, where people have taken schooling from other schools. BCIT’s education is outstanding.”

Justin Yu

“Through co-op, students will have the opportunity to prove their ability and be able to find a job after graduation.”

Astor Su