Become a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic in Two Short Years

Are you seeking to attend air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic courses that not only result in an Ontario College Diploma but also in job preparedness thanks to much practical experience? Do you have an interest in entering the field quickly to pursue jobs assembling, installing, servicing and repairing industrial, commercial and domestic refrigeration and air conditioning systems in homes, shops, factories, office buildings and hospitals? If so, you may want to consider applying to Centennial College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics – Mechanical Engineering Technician program.

The air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic courses in this program see students train as apprentices in the refrigeration and air conditioning trade while simultaneously obtaining a two-year post secondary engineering technician Ontario College diploma in the mechanical field. As such, students spend eight months of program time on a co-op placement arranged by the college. The hours earned during the co-op placement are counted towards the practical part of apprenticeship training. Time spent in co-op is compensated.

In addition, through on-campus air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic courses, students master engineering sciences and skills. Among these skills are: machine shop operation, tool design, computer-assisted drafting and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), building and testing of equipment as used in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic industry. Used throughout the refrigeration mechanic courses and air conditioning mechanic courses are industry-current design software and a project approach to leaning that simulates actual workplace assignments. This is great preparation for the co-op feature.

Specific Air Conditioning Mechanics courses in which students partake include: Installation of Mechanical Cooling Systems (students learn to identify applicable safe work practices, lifting equipment and material handling equipment used during installations); Mechanical Drawings and Prints (purpose of this course is to allow students to become familiarized with both the basic graphic language of mechanical engineering drawings as well as the concepts and features of the AutoCAD computer-assisted-drafting program); Electrical and Control Systems (provides students with both theory and practical training resulting in the ability to identify applicable acts, regulations, legislation and codes when working on electrical accessories and components in refrigeration and air conditioning systems); and more.

To apply for Centennial College’s air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic courses, interested parties are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), GED or equivalent. In addition, they must have completed the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade 11 M, C or U or Grade 12 M, C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment. Aside from these requirements, please note that applicants my also be asked to submit a questionnaire, resume and references to determine apprenticeship employability.

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