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Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technician program draws on practical approach

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Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technician program draws on practical approach

Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technician program draws on practical approach

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  • 1. Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician Program Draws On Practical Approach Ensuring that buildings are properly heated, refrigerated and air-conditioned comes with a wide range of tasks. Among these are: designing and updating or modifying building systems, calculating heat loads by sizing pipes, checking air distribution ducts and equipment, planning site layouts and developing drawings using computer-aided design software, developing refrigerants, selecting equipment to meet the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standards, installing, and servicing. Additionally, professionals may work in sales, design, technical support, or as maintenance personnel in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings. At Centennial College students may attend the two-year Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician program to obtain the knowledge they need to complete all of the above tasks and launch their careers. This is achieved through a series of courses that include both lectures as well as lab work in which students get to apply what they have learned. The practical aspects are important as students gain insight into the tasks they may encounter in their positions. Among the specific courses that students attend during their time in the offering are: Acts, Regulations and Procedures (students learn to identify regulations as applied to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and pertinent codes, acts, regulations and legislation); Fundamentals of Cooling Systems (students gain the ability to describe the structure of matter, molecular motion, work and energy, thermal energy and the change of state, laws of physics that relate to vapours and gases); Mechanical Cooling Cycle (students learn operating principles and function of compressors, metering devices, condensers, evaporators and accessories used in a mechanical cooling cycle); and many others. Directly after completing all of their Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning courses, students may obtain employment as heating technicians or through affiliated trade apprenticeships in plumbing, pipefitting, electrical, sheet metal or refrigeration. It is worth noting that apprenticeship is required after graduation, for those who wish to become tradespersons. To apply for this offering, students are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must have completed English Grade 12 C or U credit, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission; and the Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U credit, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission.

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