Mechanical Building Trades Department

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Repair students work with new materials in the shop

Mechanical Building Trades are responsible for work related to maintenance, testing and operation of all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the distribution of steam, water systems including fire prevention sprinklers, natural gas or propane systems and building plumbing systems. 

Train at the Penticton campus this winter!

Financial barriers should not be obstacles towards achieving your dreams: explore the numerous awards, scholarships and bursaries available for Trades  foundation students.

The Plumbing and Piping Foundation program starting in Penticton on January 31 is eligible for financial aid and awards . Click here to read more about one of the awards currently available.  

To review  all of the financial assistance available for Trades  foundation students, please connect with an Advisor.
Speak with an Advisor

female plumbing student sawing a piece of pipe

Explore our programs

Gasfitter Class B Apprenticeship


Plumber Apprenticeship

  Kelowna, Vernon

Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship


Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundation

  Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Kelowna

Meet a Plumbing & Piping instructor

'Working with foundation students, you get to see everything again for the first time through their eyes' says Cemone Bredeson, Red Seal Plumbing and Piping instructor.

Meet Cemone

Photo of Cemone Bredeson, Plumbing and Piping Instructor at Okanagan College

Meet a Refrigeration & Air Conditioning instructor

'You are now on a journey of growth and learning that will last the rest of your life' says Jay Hartwick, Red Seal RACM instructor.

Meet Jay

Photo of Jay Hartwick, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Instructor at Okanagan College

Plumbing students keeping OC safe

“It’s great to work on a project like this that feels real-world,” says student Zach Brown. “We’re getting good experience doing exactly the type of work we’ll see on the job in the future.”


Join an info session or become a student for a day. 


Have your questions answered by an advisor or recruiter. 


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