Careers in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration, also known as HVAC-R, are high-paying and in demand. This job requires hands-on mechanical skills and problem-solving in the installation, servicing and troubleshooting of HVAC-R within residential, commercial and industrial facilities. Career pathways are broad and after acquiring a Red Seal certification, journeypersons can work for wholesalers, contracting firms, government agencies and large hotel/resort chains.
|Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician (Diploma)|
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.
|Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship (4 years)|
In this 4-year apprenticeship, the apprentice works in industry and attends school for 6-8 weeks each year, (level 1 & 2 are 6 weeks and level 3 & 4 are 8 weeks). These four blocks of technical training and 5 years of on-the-job training will progress the apprentice through the full spectrum of learning required to become a Qualified Journeyperson.
Approved by Technical Safety BC TSBC, this course prepares students to qualify to write the provincial Refrigeration Operator RO examination. Topics for instruction conform to the BCSA and Standardization of Power Engineers Exam and Certification SOPEEC Syllabus including The Act, Regulations and Codes, Safety, Refrigeration Systems Administration, Refrigeration Fundamentals, Compressors, Controls and Instrumentation, Condensers and Cooling Towers, Evaporators and Cooling Coils, Operation, and Maintenance, Electrical, Air Conditioning,Mathematics and Science and Practical Experience.
|Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Mechanic |
If you’re handy, interested in mechanics, and seek a well-paying career that’s in high demand, think about taking the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic program at VIU’s Cowichan Trades Centre. Those who take refrigeration and airconditioning mechanic courses, also known as an HVAC program, can use their skills to enter a service-oriented career field with many opportunities.