Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Technician Program (T160)

2019-20202020-2021

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Overview

Program Overview

Students in George Brown College's Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician program develop the ability to size, install and maintain building environmental systems for the residential and light commercial sector. You will gain solid skills and knowledge in the design, operation and maintenance of environmental systems in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R).

Full Description

Rising fuel costs, indoor air quality, and climate change are all contributing factors in raising awareness of the true cost of energy. There is a great need for energy-efficient building environmental system design, construction, and maintenance.

In the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician program students will:

  • Develop the ability to size, install and maintain building environmental systems for the residential and light commercial sector.
  • Gain solid skills and knowledge in design, operation, and maintenance of environmental systems, in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R).
  • Develop practical skills through hands-on experience, working on a wide range of furnaces, air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and other appliances in our labs.
  • Gain competency with industry-ready skills in soldering, wiring and electric control circuitry and troubleshooting for HVAC and gas installations.
  • Use computer-aided design software to assess building heating and cooling requirements, select appropriate equipment and develop HVAC system drawings and specifications for the residential market.

The program follows industry-standard design practices for environmentally responsible and energy-efficient residential, commercial and industrial systems, as established by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI), the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Canada Green Building Council.

Note: When you enrol in the program in January, you are required to complete semester 2 in the summer (May to August) of the same year in order to continue into semester 3 in the fall.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Relate effectively to heating, refrigeration and air conditioning supervisors, coworkers and customers.
  2. Work safely and in accordance with all applicable acts, regulations, legislation and codes to ensure personal and public safety.
  3. Select and use a variety of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning tools and equipment safely and properly.
  4. Solve math and applied science problems required to effectively install and maintain heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and associated components.
  5. Prepare and interpret electrical, mechanical and piping drawings.
  6. Install, service and troubleshoot heating, refrigeration, air conditioning systems and associated components.
  7. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that will lead to enhanced work performance and career opportunities, and keep pace with industry changes.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

Code Course name
HVAC 1001 Refrigeration Theory I
HVAC 1006 Electrical Fundamentals for HVAC
HVAC 1018 Gas Technician III
GSCI 1022 Building Science and the Environment
MATH 1145 Math for HVAC 1
COMM 1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

Code Course name
HVAC 1003 Refrigeration Laboratory Applications
HVAC 1008 Electrical Circuit Analysis for HVAC
HVAC 1016 Gas Technician II (Part A)
HVAC 1022 Understanding Construction Drawings
HVAC 2003 Refrigeration Theory II
MATH 1155 Math for HVAC 2
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

Code Course name
HVAC 1017 Gas Technician II (Part B)
HVAC 2001 Residential HVAC System Design
HVAC 2012 Air Conditioning Theory
HVAC 2014 Building Code for HVAC
PORT 1001 Portfolio
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course name
HVAC 1021 Gas Technician II (Part C)
HVAC 2006 Air Conditioning Laboratory Applications
HVAC 2013 HVAC Computer Applications
COMM 1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNED General Education Elective

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Successful graduates of this diploma program are prepared for a range of positions in the HVAC field. Technicians install, maintain and repair heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems for commercial and residential buildings.

Other employment opportunities for technicians include sales, system balancing and cost-estimating for projects. Experienced technicians may also explore self-employment in the gas heating industry after obtaining a Gas Fitter 2 certification.

Career Options

Successful graduates of this diploma program are prepared for a range of positions in the HVAC field. Technicians install, maintain and repair heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems for commercial and residential buildings.

Students will also have sufficient training to challenge the Gas Fitter 2 provincial qualification exam** and if successful (75% passing grade) obtain the Gas Fitter 2 certification.

As well, for the course Building Code for HVAC (HVAC 2014) delivered in semester 3, we assist students in preparing to challenge the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Housing, HVAC House exam.* Individuals who are successful (75% passing grade) can use this qualification toward obtaining their "Building Code Identification Number" (BCIN)**.

*Please note that in addition to passing the HVAC House exam, there are further requirements to qualify for a Building Code Identification Number. For more information on the Building Code Identification Number, please visit the Ontario Building Code website.

**The above mentioned qualification exams are administered by the Province of Ontario. George Brown College is not responsible for the administration and/or marking of these exams.

Future Study Options

Graduates of this program are eligible to transfer with advanced standing into Semester 5 of the three-year Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology advanced diploma program (T162).

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$3,816.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit Transfer Guide for more information.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6711

Email: skilledtrades@georgebrown.ca

Office: Casa Loma Campus, Room E308

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Technician Program (T160)

2019-20202020-2021

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

Students in George Brown College's Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician program develop the ability to size, install and maintain building environmental systems for the residential and light commercial sector. You will gain solid skills and knowledge in design, operation and maintenance of environmental systems, in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R).

Full Description

Rising fuel costs, indoor air quality and climate change are all contributing factors in raising awareness of the true cost of energy. There is a great need for energy-efficient building environmental system design, construction and maintenance.

 

In the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician program students will:

  • Develop the ability to size, install and maintain building environmental systems for the residential and light commercial sector.
  • Gain solid skills and knowledge in design, operation and maintenance of environmental systems, in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R).
  • Develop practical skills through hands-on experience, working on a wide range of furnaces, air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and other appliances in our labs.
  • Gain competency with industry-ready skills in soldering, wiring and electric control circuitry and troubleshooting for HVAC and gas installations.
  • Use computer-aided design software to assess building heating and cooling requirements, select appropriate equipment and develop HVAC system drawings and specifications for the residential market.

The program follows industry-standard design practices for environmentally responsible and energy-efficient residential, commercial and industrial systems, as established by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI), the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Canada Green Building Council.

Note: When you enrol in the program in January, you are required to complete semester 2 in the summer (May to August) of the same year in order to continue into semester 3 in the fall.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Relate effectively to heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning supervisors, coworkers, and customers.
  2. Work safely and in accordance with all applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to ensure personal and public safety.
  3. Select and use a variety of heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning tools and equipment safely and properly.
  4. Solve math and applied science problems required to effectively install and maintain heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, and associated components.
  5. Prepare and interpret electrical, mechanical, and piping drawings.
  6. Install, service, and troubleshoot heating, refrigeration, air conditioning systems, and associated components.
  7. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development, that will lead to enhanced work performance and career opportunities, and keep pace with industry changes.

Courses

Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course name
HVAC1001 Refrigeration Theory I
HVAC1006 Electrical Fundamentals for HVAC
HVAC1018 Gas Technician III
GSCI1022 Building Science and the Environment
MATH1136 Mathematics for Building Technologies 1
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course name
HVAC1003 Refrigeration Laboratory Applications
HVAC1008 Electrical Circuit Analysis for HVAC
HVAC1016 Gas Technician II (Part A)
HVAC1022 Understanding Construction Drawings
HVAC2003 Refrigeration Theory II
MATH1146 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course name
HVAC1017 Gas Technician II (Part B)
HVAC2001 Residential HVAC System Design
HVAC2012 Air Conditioning Theory
HVAC2014 Building Code for HVAC
PORT1001 Portfolio
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course name
HVAC1021 Gas Technician II (Part C)
HVAC2006 Air Conditioning Laboratory Applications
HVAC2013 HVAC Computer Applications
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNED General Education Elective

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Successful graduates of this diploma program are prepared for a range of positions in the HVAC field. Technicians install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems for commercial and residential buildings.

Other employment opportunities for technicians include sales, system balancing and cost estimating for projects. Experienced technicians may also explore self-employment in the gas heating industry after obtaining a Gas Fitter 2 certification.

Career Options

Successful graduates of this diploma program are prepared for a range of positions in the HVAC field. Technicians install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems for commercial and residential buildings.

Students will also have sufficient training to challenge the Gas Fitter 2 provincial qualification exam** and if successful (75% passing grade) obtain the Gas Fitter 2 certification.

As well, for the course Building Code for HVAC (HVAC 2014) delivered in semester 3, we assist students in preparing to challenge the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Housing, HVAC House exam.* Individuals who are successful (75% passing grade) can use this qualification towards obtaining their "Building Code Identification Number" (BCIN)**.

*Please note that in addition to passing the HVAC House exam, there are further requirements to qualify for a Building Code Identification Number. For more information on the Building Code Identification Number, please visit the Ontario Building Code website.

**The above mentioned qualification exams are administered by the Province of Ontario. George Brown College is not responsible for the administration and/or marking of these exams.

Future Study Options

Graduates of this program are eligible to transfer with advanced standing into Semester 5 of the three-year Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology advanced diploma program (T162).

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$4,067.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6711

Email: skilledtrades@georgebrown.ca

Office: Casa Loma Campus, Room E308

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.