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).

Overview

Program name
Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Technician
Code
T160
Location
Duration
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Opens Mar 2019
May 2020 N/A

Full Description

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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.

 

Part Time Study Options

Part-time study options are not available for this program; however, our Continuing Education department offers evening courses and part-time certificate programs in Building/Construction Technologies. See coned.georgebrown.ca

Program Standards and 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.

Required Courses

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SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse name
HVAC1001Refrigeration Theory I
HVAC1006Electrical Fundamentals for HVAC
HVAC1018Gas Technician III
GSCI1022Building Science and the Environment
MATH1136Mathematics for Building Technologies 1
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse name
HVAC1003Refrigeration Laboratory Applications
HVAC1008Electrical Circuit Analysis for HVAC
HVAC1016Gas Technician II (Part A)
HVAC1022Understanding Construction Drawings
HVAC2003Refrigeration Theory II
MATH1146Mathematics for Building Technologies 2
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse name
HVAC1017Gas Technician II (Part B)
HVAC2001Residential HVAC System Design
HVAC2012Air Conditioning Theory
HVAC2014Building Code for HVAC
PORT1001Portfolio
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse name
HVAC1021Gas Technician II (Part C)
HVAC2006Air Conditioning Laboratory Applications
HVAC2013HVAC Computer Applications
COMM1113Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

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.

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.

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

$4,067.00 *

Additional Cost

* 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.

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.

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School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6711

Email: bmulveney@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.

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