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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (Pre-Employment)

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Duration: 37 weeks. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Construction, Trades and Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (RACM) install, maintain, repair and overhaul residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems and combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems. In addition to installation and repair, main duties may include blueprint reading and interpretation, troubleshooting, leak testing, and preparing estimates for clients.

Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

Please note that due to the nature of this career, employees are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. If you have any medical concerns, please contact your admissions officer to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the occupation and to determine if you are eligible for accommodations in this program.

Pre-Employment Courses

  • RF1171 Tools and Equipment
  • RF1290 Ozone-Depletion Substances
  • RF1341 Hoisting, Lifting, Rigging, and Access/Egress Equipment
  • RF1221 Refrigeration Fundamentals
  • RF1361 Compressor Fundamentals
  • RF1810 Blueprint Drawings and Specifications
  • RF1211 Piping, Tubing, Soldering and Brazing
  • CM2161 Communication Essentials
  • TS1520 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • RF1271 Electrical Fundamentals
  • RF1451 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Installation
  • AM1000 Introduction to Essential Skills
  • RF1351 Pressure Enthalpy Diagrams and System Analysis
  • RF1401 Refrigerant Flow Controls and Accessory Devices
  • AM1291 Refrigeration Math Fundamentals
  • RF1481 Control Circuits and Wiring Diagrams
  • RF1181 Trade-Related Documentation and Work Organization
  • TS1530 Standard First Aid
  • RF1262 Leak Testing, Evacuation and Charging
  • RF1161 Safety
  • RF1371 Condensers
  • RF1241 Refrigerants, Gases, and Oils
  • RF1611 Air Movement and Indoor Air Quality
  • RF1251 Valves and Accessory Devices
  • AM1101 Math Essentials
  • MC1062 Computer Essentials
  • SD1761 Workplace Essentials
  • RF1281 Motor Fundamentals
  • RF1321 Control Fundamentals
  • RF1190 Residential and Commercial Compressors
  • RF1390 Metering Devices
  • AP1102 Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • RF1331 Air Conditioning Fundamentals
  • RF1381 Evaporators

Apprenticeship Training

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (Pre-Employment) program is an apprenticeship trades program. Courses completed at Academy Canada meet the requirements to become a first-year apprentice. Once this training is completed and the graduate obtains their first position in the trade, s/he must register as an Apprentice with the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. Government will then cover the costs associated with regular advanced training as the apprentice gains experience and works towards completing their Journeyperson exam. Passing this examination will result in receiving Red Seal Certification.

Employment Opportunities

Build Force Canada (2019-2028 Highlights)Non-residential market rankings, Newfoundland and Labrador (2025-2028)
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic: Ranked as 3

Ranked as 3-The availability of workers meeting employer qualifications in the local market may be limited by large projects, plant shutdowns or other short-term increases in demand. Employers may need to compete to attract needed workers.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics are employed by heating, refrigeration and air conditioning installation contractors, various industrial settings, food wholesalers, engineering firms and retail and servicing establishments.

Source: Statistics Canada- NOC 2016 Version

Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or Equivalent
High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission to the RACM program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or G.E.D. results. Under certain circumstances, students who do not meet the formal High School requirements may be accepted upon the recommendation of a High School Principal or Guidance Counsellor. Please contact an Admissions Officer for further details.

Mature Students
Mature students are eligible for admission to the RACM program. These students must be 19 years of age or older, complete an application form, provide a copy of most recent marks, and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) as arranged by Academy Canada.

For further information, please contact an Admissions Officer at 1-800-561-8000.
Program start dates are subject to sufficient enrollment.
Academy Canada reserves the right to modify any programs, courses, topics, objectives, etc.

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