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Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician Program Ensures In-Depth Knowledge

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									     Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
            Program Ensures In-Depth Knowledge

One of the best aspects of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
program at Centennial College is that it allows anyone with an interest in the field; at
minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature
student status (19 years or older); as well as credentials for compulsory English 12C or
U, or skills assessment, or equivalent; and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills
assessment, or equivalent, to apply. As such, the program is pretty much open to
anyone who is looking to acquire a broad knowledge of the design, installation and
service techniques of heating and air conditioning systems for commercial and
residential settings.

As such, handy Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians who enjoy
working with their hands in the maintenance and installation area will enjoy duties such
as: maintaining, sizing and selecting equipment for air conditioning and refrigeration
application; the development of refrigerants; measuring, cutting and connecting piping
using welding and brazing equipment; recharging systems with refrigerant gases as
required; connecting rooftop units to gas, testing and balancing systems and connecting
electrical systems; adjusting computerized controls; using computer software to
calculate loads, and working on large machines. Meanwhile, those who take to the
creative side will collaborate with other professionals on the design and retrofit of
building systems; calculate heat loads and size pipes, air distribution ducts and
equipment; plan site layouts and develop drawings using computer-aided design
software, and more.

However, not only do students gain knowledge in these areas but the Heating,
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician program teaches the development of
equipment to meet the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standards and efficiency
standards for heating equipment; installation and service techniques; among others.
This is achieved through two year’s worth of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Technician courses as well as practical application, which occurs through a Capstone
Project. This final component, which is supervised by a faculty member, encompasses
elements of everything the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
students have learned in the undertaking. Speaking of everything students learn, some
of the particular topics covered include: ethics in technology and the environment,
fundamentals of cooling cycles, mechanical cooling cycle, heating fundamentals, system
design and installation, electrical and control systems, heating hydronic fundamentals,
air conditioning and distribution systems, and more.

Upon first graduating from the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
program, students are able to fill positions such as heating technicians or, through
affiliated trade apprenticeships, in plumbing, pipe fitting, electrical, sheet metal or
refrigeration. Apprenticeship is required after graduation, for those who wish to become
trades persons.
Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca                                   Page 1

								
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