Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Essentials
Becoming a Heating, Refrigeration or Air Conditioning mechanic requires interested parties to attend a post-secondary program such as the one offered at Centennial College. This two year (six semesters) format - officially known as Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic - Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician - enables students to train as apprentices in the refrigeration and air conditioning trade while obtaining an Ontario College Diploma.
Let's look at how this undertaking trains students to complete tasks that include: reading and interpreting blueprints, drawings or other specifications; using power tools to assemble and install refrigeration or air conditioning components such as motors, controls, gauges, valves, circulating pumps, condensers, humidifiers, evaporators and compressors; measuring and cutting piping, and connecting piping using welding and brazing equipment; installing, troubleshooting and overhauling entire heating, ventilation, air handling, refrigeration and air conditioning systems; starting up systems and testing for leaks using testing devices; recharging systems with refrigerant; checking and testing regulators, calibrating systems and performing routine maintenance or servicing; repairing and replacing parts and components for entire refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation or heat pump systems; and more.
- Academically, applicants to this refrigeration mechanic course and Air Conditioning Mechanic program must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission; and Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission.
- Applicants to the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic program must also complete a questionnaire to assess co-op employability; attend a mandatory information/interview session; and be eligible to work as an apprentice in Ontario
- Mature applicants must present a high school diploma, certificate or GED. Meanwhile, applicants educated outside of Canada must present a credential evaluation of the above.
- The broad knowledge of the design, installation and service techniques for heating refrigeration and air conditioning systems that students in this Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic program obtain can be applied to commercial and residential settings.
- Specific Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic courses offered include: Air Distribution Systems & Accessories, Electrical and Control Systems, Applied Psychometrics, Heating Hydraulic Fundamentals, Pressure Enthalpy & Refrigerants Cooling Systems and Components, Cooling Cycles Fundamentals and more.
- For eight months of their two-year program, students work in the field alongside seasoned professionals.
- The hours earned during the work placement are counted towards the practical part of apprenticeship training.
- The School helps students to find a paid work placement to gain on-the-job experience in their area of interest.
- While in-class, students attend courses that combine theory and lab experience.
- Labs at Progress Campus, from which this Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic program is facilitated, house state-of-the-art labs that allow students to obtain practical hands-on practice.
- Among the equipment used in this program to ensure students get relevant practice is a selection of equipment that meets the Season Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standards.