Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technician

Program Code: HVAC (Full-Time) Length of Program: Two-Year Co-op Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma
Term 1 HVA-1504 Fundamentals of Refrigeration HVA-1716 Gasfitter 3: Codes and Work Practices HVA-2157 Gasfitter 3: Electrical, Piping and Venting Systems OHS-2012 Health & Safety MTH-1084 Mathematics for Electrical Circuits Term 2 HVA-2504 Fundamentals of Refrigeration II HVA-3031 Safety & Material Handling HVA-3214 Gasfitter 2: Advanced piping, Building Systems and Appliances HVA-3229 Gasfitter 2: Electricity and controls JSS-1001 Job Search and Success GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 3 CPL-XXX Co-op Work Term (optional) Term 4 HVA-3504 Fundamentals of Refrigeration III HVA-3233 Gasfitter 2: Gas Pressure controls and Gas-fired Refrigeration HVA-4243 Gasfitter 2: Conversion Burners, Water Heaters and Combination systems HVA-4254 Gasfitter 2: Forced Air Systems COM-1113 Workplace Communications GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 5 HVA-4504 Fundamentals of Refrigeration IV HVA-4162 HVAC Building Automation HVA-4266 Gasfitter 2: Hydronic Systems and Venting II HVA-4276 Gasfitter 2: Air Handling, Space Heaters and Appliances GED-XXX3 General Education Elective

Gas Technicians and Refrigeration Mechanics install, maintain and repair residential, commercial and industrial heating, ventilating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

The Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technician program prepares graduates for entry level positions in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, sheet metal and electrical industries.

Curriculum follows TSSA Gas Technician 3 and Gas Technician 2 requirements, providing an opportunity for students to attempt Gas Technician 3 and Gas Technician 2 certification at Lambton College's testing centre. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain an Ozone Depletion Prevention Certification, Gastite gas tubing certification, Wardflex gas tubing certification, and IPEX system S636 venting certification.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students will learn by demonstrating how to install and service heating and air conditioning equipment using a hands-on approach for more than half of the program. Lambton College graduates have real world experience employers demand in the HVAC industry.

Lambton students complete a replacement of a gas fired furnace as a capstone project in second year. Taks include planning the installation; safe use of a rotary hammer to drill a hole in concrete and wood; planning, fabricating and installing sheet metal transition pieces needed; properly wiring the 120 volt supply to the new furnace; properly wiring the 24 volt control system; venting the furnace; installing condensate pump and associated drainage; and installing gas supply to furnace. Student learn from active technicians and employers in teh HVAC industry on a wide array of equipment as seen in the real world.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

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.

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.  

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

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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