Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technician

Program Code: HVAC (Full-Time) Length of Program: Two-Year Co-op Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma Starts: Sep (Waitlisted)
Term 1 COM-1113 Workplace Communications OHS-2012 Health & Safety HVA-1504 Fundamentals of Refrigeration HVA-1716 Gasfitter 3: Codes and Work Practices MTH-1084 Mathematics for Electrical Circuits GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 2 HVA-2154 Heating I HVA-2157 Gasfitter 3: Electrical, Piping and Venting Systems HVA-2504 Fundamentals of Refrigeration II HVA-2042 Welding and Pipefitting JSS-1001 Job Search and Success ELC-1232 Introduction to Electrical Code GED-XXX3 General Education Elective GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Academic Break Academic Break Term 3 CPL-1049 Co-op Work Term (optional) Term 4 HVA-3504 Fundamentals of Refrigeration III HVA-3031 Safety and Material Handling HVA-3214 Gasfitter 2: Advanced Piping, Building Systems and Appliances HVA-3229 Gasfitter 2: Electricity and Controls HVA-3233 Gasfitter 2: Gas Pressure Controls and Gas-Fired Refrigeration Term 5 HVA-4162 HVAC Building Automation HVA-4503 Fundamentals of Refrigeration IV HVA-4243 Gasfitter 2: Conversion Burners, Water Heaters and Combination Systems HVA-4254 Gasfitter 2: Forced Air Systems HVA-4265 Gasfitter 2: Hydronic Systems and Venting II HVA-4274 Gasfitter 2: Air Handling, Space Heaters and Appliances
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems and combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician Ontario College Diploma prepares graduates for entry level positions in Electrical, Refrigeration, Sheet Metal or Heating and Air Conditioning Industries. 

Curriculum follows the prescribed TSSA Gas Technician 3 and Gas Technician 2 syllabus, providing an opportunity for external certification. Graduates will also be eligible to write the external Refrigeration Handling Certification - Ozone Depletion Prevention. 

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. with:
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 12 Mathematics C or U

Please Note: Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12U mathematics is recommended; Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) minimum final grade is 60%. If the program is highly competitive, preference will be given to students having Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12U mathematics, as well as Physics C or U.

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Apprenticeship possibilities and job prospects are excellent, with above average wages and steady employment. Graduates find work in heating, air conditioning, sheet metal, electrical and refrigeration contracting firms. Other opportunities include petrochemical, building and facilities services, wholesale, distribution, parts and equipment manufacturing companies. The Labour Market Information from Ontario Job Futures shows that for the 2013-2017 period, employment opportunities for this NOC Code area are expected to be above average. This means that relative to the employment situation overall, there is a better likelihood of finding stable work in this occupation, and employment prospects are attractive or improving.


Career positions may include, but are not limited to: central air conditioning mechanic, commercial air conditioning mechanic, heating and cooling mechanic, commercial air conditioning mechanic, heating and cooling mechanic, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic apprentice. 

Tuition Fees
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Please Note: These fees apply to the 2019-2020 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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