Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Mechanic

Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Mechanic

  • Program Length 
    10 Months
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Options 
    Apprenticeship
  • Location Offered 
    Cowichan

The Program

Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Mechanic - Program requirements prior to April 2015

This program, offered at the Cowichan Trades Centre, prepares individuals for entry into the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry service sector. The program provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of installing, servicing, and troubleshooting all aspects of residential commercial and industrial heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) equipment, as well as customer relations.

Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on practical assignments and sophisticated computer-based instruction. On successful completion, students will receive a Vancouver Island University certificate, CFC handling certification from Environment Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Maturity, good hand/eye coordination and problem solving skills with attention to detail are desirable qualities for individuals pursuing careers in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. An opportunity for work experience is included in the program. Check with the Advising Centre for more details 250-746-3509 (Cowichan Campus).

Program Outline

Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Mechanic

Credits

HVAC 130T - (Essential Workplace Skills)

3

HVAC 131T - (Tools and Equipment)

3

HVAC 132T - (Refrigeration Fundamentals Level 1)

3

HVAC 133T - (Electrical Fundamentals Level 1 & 2)

3

HVAC 134T - (Heating Fundamentals Level 1)

2

HVAC 135T - (Commercial Refrigeration Level 1 & 2)

3

HVAC 136T - (Comfort Cooling Level 1 & 2)

3

HVAC 137T - (Work Experience)

1.5

HVAC 138T - (Heat Pumps Level 2)

3

HVAC 139T - (Emerging Technologies Capstone)

1.5

HVAC 140T - (Systems Analysis)

2

HVAC 141T - (Advanced Controls Level 2)

2

Total Credits

30

All program courses must be successfully completed before certificates will be issued.

Updated 
Monday, June 29, 2015

Admission Requirements

Start Date and Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For further information regarding next available program start dates, applications, and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment and apprenticeship opportunities with air-conditioning companies, heating contractors. They may also seek employment in building systems maintenance, wholesale and retail sales, controls and instrumentation, equipment manufacturers, and installation and service of equipment.

Work Placement Opportunities

Apprenticeship Information

Graduates of this program may receive credit towards the technical portion of the first and second year of the Refrigeration Mechanic Apprenticeship program. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyperson, in addition to on-the-job training, graduates would return to school for 8 weeks in Levels 3 and 4. Level 2 is now offered in Duncan at VIU's Cowichan campus.

The Refrigeration Mechanic Apprenticeship program consists of 5 years of on-the-job experience combined with 4 levels of in-school technical training in order to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) Examination for journeyperson certification.

For more information on apprenticeship training, please visit the website at www.itabc.ca, contact the Industry Training Centre at 1-866-660-6011, or call Tanya Reiber at Vancouver Island University toll–free at 1-888-920-2221, Ext. 6112.

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fee Table

Amount

Tuition (10 months x $443.27 per month)

4,432.70

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

177.31

Student Services fee (4.419% of tuition)

195.88

VIU Students' Union fee (10 months x $11.4 per month)

114.00

Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost)

1,770.00

Total

6,689.89

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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