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The Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic Trades Foundation program focuses on first year competencies that are common to all of the piping trades. You'll work through common core and refrigeration & air conditioning specialty modules.
Over 30 weeks you will follow a modular training system that begins by developing a wide variety of basic skills and builds on these to develop specialized skills required by industry and related fields.
The Pipe Trades and Refrigeration & Air Conditioning shops are located in the Drysdale Building on the Interurban campus. Our two shops are over 12,000 sq. ft. (1,115 sq. metres) in size.
In the Refrigeration Foundation program, you'll develop the skills and knowledge necessary for initial entry into the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning trade.
You'll be exposed to on-the-job conditions, so come prepared to work in a number of different simulations and environments. Practical projects will usually be done on site either at the college or in co-operation with local industry.
Students will apply and extend their academic knowledge and practical skills during a one-week supervised field practice in an industry setting where they will interact and build relationships with prospective employers and other tradespeople.
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Next up: Apprenticeship
As a graduate of the program, you’ll be ready to start employment in the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning field.
Your training in the Foundation program will be consistent with provincial standards for Refrigeration & Air Conditioning core knowledge and credit for completing this program may be applied to a four-year apprenticeship program. As an apprentice, you will continue to build on your skills and gain the practical experience necessary to become fully qualified.
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Competencies
- Use Safe Work Practices
- Use Tools and Equipment
- Organize Work
- Apply Fundamentals of Refrigeration
- Apply Electrical Concepts
- Plan and Install Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems
For more details regarding the Industry Training Program, please review the SkilledTradesBC Accredited Program profiles for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.