Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

Campus Penticton (Feb, Jul)
Delivery Full-Time
Credential Certificate
Notes

This program is student loan eligible.

Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Share this program

  Email   Print
Male students wearing safety glasses work on refrigeraters and air conditioners.


Program Highlights

Train in the installation, maintenance, repair and overhaul of residential and commercial central air conditioning systems, as well as heating, ventilation and cooling systems. 

Tuition and Fees

2020-21: $3,685.65

Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.

Program Details

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

This 25-week (750 hours) program is designed to take a student with little or no previous experience in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry and supply the student with the necessary skills to seek employment in that industry as an apprentice. It also provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of installing, servicing, and troubleshooting all aspects of heating, ventilating and airconditioning/refrigeration equipment.

Graduates of this program may receive credit for Level 1 apprenticeship technical training and may also be granted practical credit from the Industry Training Authority. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyperson, graduates would return to school to complete Level 2 (seven weeks), Level 3 (ten weeks) and Level 4 (ten weeks).

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship program consists of five years of on-the-job experience combined with four levels of in-school technical training in order to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) Examination through the Industry Training Authority.

Good hand/eye coordination and problem solving skills with attention to detail are desirable qualities for individuals pursuing a career in this field.

Textbooks and supplies required for students in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship program (total $1,595.23):

  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology (8th Edition)- $193.49
  • B-52-18 Refrigeration Code Book- $266.79
  • Practical Problems in Math for Heating & Air Conditioning Technicians-$106.29
  • Electricity for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (10th Edition)- $172.79
  • Principles of Refrigeration- N/A
  • CAN/CSA B149.1-20 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code- $287.79
  • Code Modules A-G- $56.79
  • Modules H-O- $82.29
  • ODS/CFC Certification – Mandatory Course- $90.00
  • Gas Appliance Service Certificate of Qualification Exam- $339.00

* The above certificates will be explained by your instructor on the first day of class. 
5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change. Textbooks available at OC Campus Store by contacting 250-492-4305 ext. 3246 or ordering online.

Other required materials:

  • Appropriate clothing (no shorts, sandals, etc.)
  • CSA-approved footwear
  • CSA-approved hard hat (blue colour is preferred but not required)
  • CSA-approved safety eyewear
  • Leather gloves (for handling refrigerant)

Optional supplies:

  • Coveralls
  • Pocket-sized notepad, pencil, pen, felt pen
  • Clean rags

Tools for the program are provided by the College. Students who wish to purchase their own tools are encouraged to consult with their instructor who can provide a basic guide to the minimum tools that will be needed for employment within the refrigeration trade. 
 

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math admission requirement within the last seven years, and/or do not meet the English admission requirement, must write the ABLE Math and English test. Both sections of the ABLE test are multiple choice and students are allotted 45 minutes to complete each section (1.5 hours for both). No calculator is allowed while completing the Math section. For more information, to request a sample test or to book an test, please contact the Trades and Apprenticeship office at trades@okanagan.bc.ca.

RefrigerationMechanicFoundation

 

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for a minimum of one year as of the first day of classes.

  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 10
    • Workplace Mathematics 10
    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus Grade 10
    • Mathematics 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

The ABLE mathematics test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the ABLE Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 50%.

 

Program Outline

RACM 100 Application of Trades Math for the Refrigeration Mechanic Trade
RACM 101 Safety Techniques
RACM 102 Welding and Brazing Techniques
RACM 103 Basic Work Skills
RACM 104 Application of Drafting Skills
RACM 105 Use of Tools
RACM 106 Application of Computers
RACM 107 Basic Electrical Concepts
RACM 108 Electrical Wiring Schematics
RACM 109 Single-Phase Motor Theory
RACM 110 Piping Practices
RACM 111 Fundamentals of Refrigeration
RACM 112 Refrigeration Systems Cycles
RACM 113 Refrigeration System Components
RACM 114 Final Exam

An overall average of 70% calculated on a weighted percentage, based on time allocation.

 

 

Additional Information

View the official Calendar details and policies
Learn more about the Department
View the Tuition and Fees page

 

 

Visit

Come for a campus tour or become a student for a day. 

Ask

Have your questions answered by an advisor or recruiter. 

Apply

Take the next step and enrol in a program or course at OC.