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Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
0465
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
WA
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

This program provides extensive theory and hands-on training pertaining to the heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning fields. This growing trades area changes rapidly and this program incorporates studies dealing with current and future HVAC topics including green technologies. It also provides foundation skills in general sheet metal, plumbing, gas and electrical. The practical courses taking place in the new HVAC Centre are designed to train you to enter the field with all the skills necessary for employment. Graduates may qualify to write the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) G3 and G2 Gas Technician exams.

For more information please contact our Student Recruitment staff at trades@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence:
         Waterloo - September/2016 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
         Waterloo - January/2017 (Open) - Winter | Spring/Summer | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Waterloo
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 24

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician - Program # 0465

Waterloo - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $82.50 $82.50
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Session Total $2028.96 $1742.96
Year Total   $3771.92
Waterloo - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $82.50 $82.50
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Session Total $2028.96 $1742.96
Year Total   $3771.92
Waterloo - Winter 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-01-09)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $82.50 $82.50
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $191.62 $0.00
Session Total $1934.58 $1742.96
Year Total   $3677.54
Waterloo - Winter 2017 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2016-01-05)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $82.50 $82.50
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $191.62 $0.00
Session Total $1934.58 $1742.96
Year Total   $3677.54

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician - Program # 0465


Waterloo - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $82.50 $82.50
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
Session Total $7097.96 $6547.96
Year Total   $13645.92

Waterloo - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $82.50 $82.50
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
Session Total $7097.96 $6547.96
Year Total   $13645.92

Waterloo - Winter 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-01-09)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $82.50 $82.50
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $401.50 $0.00
Session Total $6949.46 $6547.96
Year Total   $13497.42

Waterloo - Winter 2017 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2016-01-05)
Description Winter 2017 Spring 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $82.50 $82.50
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $401.50 $0.00
Session Total $6949.46 $6547.96
Year Total   $13497.42

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are well prepared to enter into an apprenticeship in HVAC, as well as entry-level work in the gas technician field. They may also find employment in mechanical trades, retail operations, or sales.

96% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $36,460.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC1600 Electrical I

Description: This course will introduce the student to the basic theory of electricity and to the electrical test instruments used throughout the HRAC industry. Using Ohm's and Watts law the students will interpret electrical calculations and be exposed to troubleshooting electrical test boards and project. Where group work is involved, evaluations of group members will be included. Project work will enable students to practice the interpretation of electrical wiring, pictorial and schematic diagrams, and to apply safe practices, in typical HRAC industry work environments. Project work will replicate typical on the job work orders.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1410 Heating I

Description: Students will be introduced to the characteristics, properties, basic fundamentals, and safety aspects associated with natural gas and propane. They will describe the combustion process, and the problems arising from incomplete combustion as well as identify the different testing methods for carbon monoxide and gas leaks. Students will identify and select the appropriate tools and documentation, to properly and safely install a piping, tubing system. Students will be instructed on the general safety requirements for the job site and be introduced to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1420 Refrigeration I

Description: The student will receive a basic introduction of the theory and practices relating to refrigeration systems. Topics include: the origin of refrigeration, basic hand tools, the refrigeration cycle, the four mechanical components and the safety aspects to be considered. The students participate in tubing connection projects on flaring, swaging and tube bending from data on mechanical drawings and will be expected to identify, care for, and safely use hand tools.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
ELEC1610 Electrical II

Description: This is an intermediate course in electrical theory and practical application where students will build upon the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in Electrical I. The course focuses on service technician skills and provides students with the practical background required for operating and selecting power actuated tools and fasteners. . Emphasis will be placed on reading schematic wiring diagrams, wiring, and troubleshooting control circuits containing relays, timers, motor starters and controls. This course will also deal with the electrical construction and maintenance worker's safety manual along with the knowledge and use of the application of fastening devices and power actuated tools. In addition, students will learn to communicate with customers in order to evaluate and diagnose concerns. Project work will replicate typical on the job work orders.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

GAST1000 Gas Code G-3

Description: This course deals with the interpretation of the current B-149.1 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code, and B149.2 Propane Storage and Handling Code. The students will interpret the Ontario Amendments to the current codes, which include the following acts and regulations; the Technical Standards and Safety Act 2000, Ontario Regulation 212/01 Gaseous Fuels, Ontario Regulation 211/01 Propane Storage and Handling, Ontario Regulation 215/01 Fuel Industry Certificates, and Ontario Regulation 223/01 Codes and Standard Adopted By Reference. Students will identify the appropriate steps and procedures to follow when a hazardous situation arises and describe how to coordinate services to ensure safety and customer concerns are addressed.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS1250 Managing Conflict

Description: Without exception, every relationship of any depth has conflict, and conflict will not go away simply because individuals are reluctant to deal with it. Conflict can be regarded as a negative force to be avoided or controlled, or it can be seen as an opportunity for strengthening relationships, self-awareness and development. The course will examine the many factors that contribute to interpersonal conflict, and discuss appropriate skills and strategies to manage conflict effectively. This course is part of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1430 Heating II

Description: Students will continue to build upon Heating I skills and address types and classifications of gas and propane fired appliances, the ignition systems found on gas fired appliances, and the associated safe handling practices. Safe sizing and installation of venting, and combustion air requirements, will be completed using mathematical equations from the appropriate codes and standards. Students will interpret manufacturers' specifications and drawings to place and install various classes of gas fired equipment and know how to convert appliances from natural gas to propane and propane to natural gas. Additional topics include combustion analyses on all types of appliances, identification of burner types, and the associated sequence of operations. Attention to the proper completion and maintenance of related documents will be addressed. Project work will replicate typical on the job work orders.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1440 Refrigeration II

Description: Based on knowledge obtained in Refrigeration I, the basic components of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, students will describe the use of basic refrigeration accessories for the control and safe operation of cooling appliances. The safe selection and operation of condensers, evaporators, compressors and metering devices will be discussed and practiced. Students will explore the relation to service and operation as they are found in the residential and commercial sector of the refrigeration industry. Refrigerant safety and handling, including leak testing and evacuation using current industry equipment will be covered. Students will attend to the organizational and regulated practices relating to ozone depletion, by maintaining log books, and tracking refrigerant contents according to organizational and regulated environmental requirements and legislation Project work will replicate typical on the job work orders.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
BUS1070 Introduction To Human Relations

Description: This course provides students with an introduction to human relations, focusing on self-development and interpersonal effectiveness. Students will develop various interpersonal skills by examining theories relevant to those skills. The following topics constitute the specific areas of study in the course: developing self-awareness, building and maintaining relationships, communicating with others, coping with stress, managing one's feelings, and resolving interpersonal conflicts.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ELEC2000 Electrical III

Description: The study of HRAC motor systems along with phase electrical motors and wiring configurations constitute the focus of this electrical course, a continuation of Electrical II. Students will explain the recommended sequence of operations for all aspects of the HRAC trade, and complete troubleshooting and safe diagnosis exercises in a lab environment, using appropriate customer service skills to communicate to customers and coworkers. Students will be expected to comply with related safety procedures and practices. Project work will replicate typical on the job work orders.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH2200 Heating III

Description: Using the knowledge and skills gained from Heating II, students advance to study the types of natural gas and propane regulators, natural gas meters, and their associated applications and operations. Propane tank and cylinder placement will be discussed, along with the affect of location on safety and performance. Hydronic heating equipment such as hot water heaters, combination systems, hot water boilers and steam boilers will be introduced. Students will install venting and combustion air components requirements for gas fired appliances and hydronic systems according to industry standards, as well as trouble shoot various service situations. Students will select equipment based on customers needs and available equipment. Project work will replicate typical on the job work orders.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH2210 Refrigeration III

Description: This course advances knowledge from previous Refrigeration courses by addressing residential and commercial air conditioning systems, and their applications. In meeting customer needs, students will consider factors such as load sizing, system and building design and layout, and piping and brazing requirements. Mathematical calculations and manufacturer's data will be used to achieve systems that operate safely and meet requirements. This knowledge will then be applied to practical projects including residential split systems and rooftop package units. Project work will replicate typical on the job work orders.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 4
MECH2240 Heating IV

Description: Students will install and commission various types of gas fired appliances including vented and non-vented systems, based upon the knowledge and skills learned in previous Heating courses. Topics include organization of materials and tools, piping systems layout and sizing, and interpretation and application of associated tables and codes needed for appliance installation. Project work will replicate typical on the job work orders.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH2250 Refrigeration IV

Description: Integrating learning from previous refrigeration courses, students will perform many typical trade services to both refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Students will troubleshoot and repair systems based on their knowledge of order of operations, manufacturers' literature and technical drawings, all according to recommended safe practices and procedures. All projects replicate actual scenarios that students will encounter once employed in the field.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH2320 Building Systems

Description: Students will learn how to operate test equipment and identify systems using manufacturers' data, customer needs and building system requirements. They will research, and document future green heating and cooling systems that will become viable to the customer. Students study and communicate the principles of heat, moisture, air flow, the building envelope, and the effects on indoor air quality as well as the basic functions of ventilation systems. Simple schematic diagrams will be completed, in addition to the application of drafting scales. By applying various mathematical methods, working on their own and in groups, students will learn to calculate problems involving units O.D. measurement and conversion factors. Students will be expected to explain the various aspects of drawing types and views, graphs and charts, as they relate to trade documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH2330 Hydronics

Description: Students will study types, components and methods of installation for hydronic heating systems while ensuring installation is in accordance with codes, and manufacturer's guidelines. Water heaters and hot water combination systems will also be addressed, taking into account proper selection and sizing to meet customer requirements
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Waterloo Closed
JAN, 2017 Waterloo Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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