Diploma in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician

General

Program Description

Overview

With Cambrian's Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) accredited program, you'll prepare to challenge TSSA exams for Natural Gas Technician and Oil Burner Technician certifications. Theory and practical lab training are combined to develop a solid understanding of heating systems (natural gas, propane, and fuel oil) as well as air conditioning, refrigeration principles, sheet metal fabrication, and heat loss/heat gain design considerations. You'll also be introduced to the skills required for the installation, service, and troubleshooting of residential and light commercial heating and cooling applications.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • Program accredited by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
  • One of only 2 colleges in Ontario to offer Oil Burner Technician training
  • Hands-on training in the College's state-of-the-art HVAC labs
  • After the first year, you will be certified to work at entry-level industry positions after successfully challenging the:
    • Gas Technician 3 TSSA exam
    • Oil Burner Technician 3 TSSA exam
    • Gas Pipe Fitter TSSA exam (Optional)
  • Upon completion of the second year and successfully challenging the Gas Technician 2 and Oil Burner Technician 2 TSSA exams you'll be fully certified enter the workforce as a Heating Systems Technician

Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian. This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1 Credits
GAF 1100 Gas Technician III 1 12
HVA 1100 Basic Sheet Metal 1 2
RAC 1100 Refrigeration I 1 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Credits 21
Semester 2
GAF 1200 Gas Technician II (Part I) 1 6
OBU 1201 Oil Burner Technician III 1 8
RAC 1200 Refrigeration II 1 4
The following General Education course: 3
BUS 1008
Personal Finance
Credits 21
Semester 3
ENG 1780 Applied Communication II 2
GAF 2300 Gas Technician II (Part II) 1 8
HLG 2300 Heat Loss/Heat Gain 1 4
OBU 2300 Oil Burner Technician II 1 6
One of the following General Education courses: 3
BUS 1015
Negotiation & Labour Relations
CET 1003
Cybernation
MUS 1009
Rock Music, Culture & Technology
PSY 1001
Psychology of Evil
SCI 1000
Issues and Ethics in Science
Credits 23
Semester 4
GAF 2402 Gas Technician II (Part III) 1 12
HVA 2400 Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps 1 4
HVA 2430 Advanced Hydronics 1 2
One of the following General Education courses: 3
BUS 1015
Negotiation & Labour Relations
CET 1003
Cybernation
MUS 1009
Rock Music, Culture & Technology
PSY 1001
Psychology of Evil
SCI 1000
Issues and Ethics in Science
Credits 21
Total Credits 86

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Course with Lab Component

Employment Opportunities

Graduates who have met TSSA certification requirements may find employment as natural gas, propane, and oil burner technicians and may also pursue OCOT (Ontario College of Trades) journeyperson apprenticeship within the refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing, or sheet metal fabrication industries. Graduates may also be employed as sales or maintenance personnel in commercial, institutional, and industrial areas.

Last updated October 2019

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