Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their program path. Details on the transition can be found via the Industry Training Authority, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics make, install, repair and service residential, commercial and industrial cooling and heating systems. Some work in building maintenance, servicing the air conditioning systems in high-rise office buildings. Others specialize in repairing small, portable refrigeration and freezing units. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics measure, cut and connect piping using welding and brazing equipment. They also recharge systems with refrigerant gases as required. They may connect rooftop units to gas, test and balance systems and connect electrical systems. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics must be able to use and adjust computerized controls, use computer software to calculate loads, and work on large machines.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.

Recommendations

The following education is recommended: Grade 10 (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, and Science 10.

 

The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking from 6-10 weeks (180-300 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,210 hours of work-based training.

 

A Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2, after 25 weeks of training (refer to the Industry Training Authority for alternative paths into the occupation).

PROGRAM TYPES

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Camosun College

Interurban

Jan 03 2023Jul 28 2023

Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

Duncan Ave. Penticton

Jan 31 2023Jul 21 2023

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (HL)

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Van. Island University

Cowichan

Mar 27 2023Nov 17 2023

Refrigeration - Harmonized

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Apr 03 2023Dec 13 2024

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (Technician) Coop - Harmonized

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Jul 31 2023Feb 02 2024

Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

Duncan Ave. Penticton

Aug 29 2023Feb 23 2024

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (HL)

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Van. Island University

Cowichan

Sep 05 2023May 09 2024

Refrigeration - Harmonized

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Sep 05 2023Mar 08 2024

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Sep 25 2023Jul 19 2024

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (Technician) - (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

Duncan Ave. Penticton

Jan 30 2024Jul 19 2024

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (HL)

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Feb 05 2024Jul 26 2024

Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized)

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Van. Island University

Cowichan

Mar 25 2024Nov 14 2024

Refrigeration - Harmonized

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