Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technician

Program Code: HVAC (International) Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma Starts: Sep (Open)
Term 1 HVA-1504 Fundamentals of Refrigeration HVA-1716 Gas Technician 3: Codes and Work Practices HVA-2157 Gas Technician 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 Gas Technician 2: Advanced piping, Building Systems and Appliances HVA-3229 Gas Technician 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 Gas Technician 2: Gas Pressure controls and Gas-fired Refrigeration HVA-4243 Gas Technician 2: Conversion Burners, Water Heaters and Combination systems HVA-4254 Gas Technician 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 Gas Technician 2: Hydronic Systems and Venting II HVA-4276 Gas Technician 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. Tasks 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. Students learn from active technicians and employers in the HVAC industry on a wide array of equipment as seen in the real world.

Admission Requirements

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

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

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 visit the international tuition fee section for individual program fees. For more information regarding tuition, please contact international@lambtoncollege.ca or 519-542-7751 ext 3018.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Sarnia/Main Campus
905-890-7833 x 222