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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (Apprenticeship)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1467
School:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Academic Year:
2019 / 2020
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

This 24-week program will provide the apprentice with the in-school training for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (313A) and will be delivered in three levels of 240 hours each. Each level will be delivered in 8-week blocks. The program is designed to provide the apprentice with the theoretical knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning systems together with practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training with an employer.

Program Information

Length: 720-hour Certificate program delivered in three components
Location: Waterloo
Start: Varies
First-Year Capacity: 24

Admission Requirements

Note:

What is Apprenticeship?

For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

Fees are set by MTCU as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional.
Refer to the apprentice orientation page for further details on these additional fees (First Day Checklist).
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

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

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.

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.

Pre-Certification of Qualification

If you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on Trade Equivalency Assessments contact the Ontario Colleges of Trades at 1-855-299-0028 or email at info@collegeoftrades.ca. Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.

For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp

Program Courses

Course Details (1467)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ELEC1125 Electrical Fundamentals

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
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1850 Trade Practices

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:
CoRequisites:

MECH1860 Mechanical Cooling Cycle Fundamentals

Description: The apprentice will learn to describe, in detail, the fundamentals of a mechanical cooling cycle.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1870 Mechanical Cooling Cycle Components

Description: The apprentice will learn to describe the operating principles and function of the mechanical cooling system components and accessories.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1880 Installation of Mechanical Cooling Systems

Description: The apprentice will learn to demonstrate procedures for the installation and commissioning of mechanical cooling systems.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH1890 Basic Mechanical Procedures

Description: The apprentice will be able identify procedures for the inspection and basic maintenance of mechanical cooling systems and components.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD1810 Cutting, Soldering, Brazing and Welding

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:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
DRWG2300 Plans, Specifications, and Load Calculations – Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI)

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:
CoRequisites:

ELEC2040 Electrical and Control Systems – Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI)

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:
CoRequisites:

MECH2400 Presure Enthalpy and Refrigerants - Industrial Commercial Institutional

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:
CoRequisites:

MECH2410 Cooling Systems and Components - Industrial Commercial, Institutional

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:
CoRequisites:

MECH2420 Systems Design and Installation - Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI)

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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MECH2430 Material Handling Procedures

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:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
DRWG3170 Prints and Heat Load Calculations – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)

Description: 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:
CoRequisites:

ELCN3000 Electronic Devices and Controls – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)

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:
CoRequisites:

ELEC3070 Advanced Electrical and Control Systems – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)

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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MECH3120 Applied Psychrometrics – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)

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
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MECH3130 Air Cooling Systems – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)

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:
CoRequisites:

MECH3140 Air Distribution Systems and Accessories – Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI)

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:
CoRequisites:

Program Objectives

Program Handbook

Handbook

Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:
  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

    Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario's Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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