Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (Apprenticeship)

Program description

This 720-hour program, consisting of three 240-hour levels delivered in 8-week blocks, will provide the apprentice with the in-school training for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (313A). The program is designed to provide apprentices with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and the practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience.

Program details

Code: 1467
Delivery: Apprenticeship
Length: 720 hours
Start: Varies
Campus: Waterloo
Credential: Certificate

Program contacts


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Fees & payment

  • Fees are set by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
  • Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional. For details, visit Orientation & support.
  • Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Awards & scholarships

Conestoga College's Student Financial Services administers many awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants. Information and application forms for numerous awards, bursaries and scholarships are administered by Student Financial Services.

Many program-specific awards are administered by individual programs. Students should speak to their faculty or program coordinators about additional awards available in their program specific areas.

Courses

Level 1

Course Details

Electrical Fundamentals
ELEC1125

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe the operating principles and fundamentals of an electrical system and components used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Trade Practices
MECH1850

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe the responsibilities of employers and employees relating to safe working practices and protection of the environment in accordance with applicable Acts, Regulations, Legislation, and Codes.

  • Hours: 16
  • Credits: 1
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Mechanical Cooling Cycle Fundamentals
MECH1860

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe, in detail, the fundamentals of a mechanical cooling cycle.

  • Hours: 24
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Mechanical Cooling Cycle Components
MECH1870

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe the operating principles and function of the mechanical cooling system components and accessories.

  • Hours: 48
  • Credits: 3
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Installation of Mechanical Cooling Systems
MECH1880

Description:

The apprentice will learn to demonstrate procedures for the installation and commissioning of mechanical cooling systems.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Basic Mechanical Procedures
MECH1890

Description:

The apprentice will be able identify procedures for the inspection and basic maintenance of mechanical cooling systems and components.

  • Hours: 16
  • Credits: 1
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Cutting, Soldering, Brazing and Welding
WELD1810

Description:

In this course, you are introduced to the concepts of Oxy-Fuel Welding (OFW), Air Acetylene Welding (AAW), Brazing (OFB), and Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC). Theory class will cover the safe set up and working practices of these processes as well as introduce you to the fundamental concepts involved in each process operation. The shop component will enable you to implement safe working practices along with skills development in the area of OFW, AAW, OFB, and the OFC process. You will practice the butt, lap and t-joint on mild steel using the above welding processes and use the OFC process to make straight and bevel cuts, pierce holes and cut shapes out of mild steel plate; and you will learn about the required equipment and demonstrate proper and safe setup procedures.

  • Hours: 24
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Level 2

Course Details

Plans, Specifications, and Load Calculations – Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI)
DRWG2300

Description:

The apprentice will learn to interpret building plans; demonstrate freehand sketching; gather data for the refrigeration storage of products; and calculate heat gain in refrigeration and air conditioning systems for Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 24
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electrical and Control Systems – Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI)
ELEC2040

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe the operating principles and function of electrical components and controls used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems for Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 64
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Pressure Enthalpy and Refrigerants - Industrial Commercial Institutional
MECH2400

Description:

The apprentice will learn to interpret thermodynamic tables; plot or determine cooling cycles from pressure enthalpy information; and, describe the application of fluorocarbons, ammonia, and other refrigerants used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 32
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Cooling Systems and Components - Industrial Commercial, Institutional
MECH2410

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe the operating principles and function of cooling systems and components used for refrigeration and cooling systems in Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 32
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Systems Design and Installation - Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI)
MECH2420

Description:

The apprentice will learn to interpret design documentation; plan and prepare for an installation; describe installation procedures; and describe charging and commissioning of refrigeration and air conditioning systems for Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 72
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Material Handling Procedures
MECH2430

Description:

The apprentice will learn to identify procedures for the handling and operation of material handling equipment in accordance with the Construction Safety Association of Ontario guidelines.

  • Hours: 16
  • Credits: 1
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Level 3

Course Details

Prints and Heat Load Calculations – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)
DRWG3170

Description:

In this course, the apprentice will learn to interpret building drawings and job documentation; demonstrate sketching for installations; identify heat sources; and perform heat gain and heat loss calculations for refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 16
  • Credits: 1
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electronic Devices and Controls – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)
ELCN3000

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe procedures for installing and maintaining electronic devices and controls on refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 16
  • Credits: 1
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Advanced Electrical and Control Systems – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)
ELEC3070

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe the operating principles and function of electrical and control systems on refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 88
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Applied Psychrometrics – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)
MECH3120

Description:

The apprentice will learn to interpret a psychrometric graphs, construct psychrometric diagrams; interpret psychrometric graphs; and analyze data on psychrometric diagrams used for refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 24
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Air Cooling Systems – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)
MECH3130

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe maintenance procedures for refrigeration and air cooling systems in Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 64
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Air Distribution Systems and Accessories – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)
MECH3140

Description:

The apprentice will learn to describe the operating principles and functions of air distribution systems on refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial, or Institutional (ICI) applications.

  • Hours: 32
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Program outcomes

  1. Describe and identify safe working practices and protection of the environment in accordance with applicable Acts, Regulations, Legislation and Codes.
  2. Describe the fundamentals of a mechanical cooling cycle.
  3. Describe the operating principles and function of the mechanical cooling system components and accessories.
  4. Describe the operating principles and fundamentals of an electrical system and components used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  5. Braze or solder pipe and piping and cut or weld plate and angle steel.
  6. Demonstrate procedures for the installation and commissioning of mechanical cooling systems.
  7. Identify procedures for inspection and basic maintenance of mechanical cooling systems and components.
  8. Interpret thermodynamic tables; plot or determine cooling cycles; and describe the application of fluorocarbons, ammonia, and other refrigerants used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  9. Gather data for the storage of refrigeration products.
  10. Interpret design documentation; plan and prepare for installation; describe installation procedures and describe charging and commissioning of refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  11. Identify procedures for the handling and safe operation of material handling equipment in accordance with the Construction Safety Association of Ontario guidelines.
  12. Interpret and construct psychrometric graphs and analyze data on psychrometric diagrams used for refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  13. Interpret building drawings and job documentation; demonstrate sketching for installations; identify heat sources; and perform heat gain and loss calculations for refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  14. Describe maintenance procedures for refrigeration and air cooling systems for various applications.
  15. Describe the operating principles and functions of air distribution systems on refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial or Institutional applications.
  16. Describe procedures for installing and maintaining electronic devices and controls on refrigeration and air conditioning systems in Industrial, Commercial or Institutional applications.

Program handbook

Program handbook

Graduate opportunities

Refrigeration and air conditioning systems mechanics are employed in all areas of the construction industry - residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional - installing, assembling, and connecting mechanical components.

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