Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Learn the science of refrigeration and a variety of skills to install and troubleshoot mechanical systems, electrical/electronic systems and refrigeration piping systems.

Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This is an excellent program for a person with many different interests. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning requires a variety of skills in mechanical systems, electrical/electronic systems and system troubleshooting. You learn to repair and maintain commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. You also learn to install refrigerant vapor lines, liquid lines and other kinds of piping. Basic skills in oxy-fuel brazing are covered, as well as the design, installation and troubleshooting of electrical circuits and controls.

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Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Favourite"Work towards your Red Seal endorsement – a standard of excellence and qualification recognized across Canada."
  2. 2
    Cool Activity"Install and service residential, commercial, industrial and institutional heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration units and systems."
  3. 3
    Why Take It"In this trade, you can work with refrigeration and air conditioning contractors, property owners and institutional and public sector employers or start your own business."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • This program offers you an excellent way to become employable in many occupations in just one year.
  • You benefit from expert faculty, who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.

Employment Opportunities

  • This program broadens yours skills and the opportunities you have to work with companies that specialize in heating, air conditioning and energy. Industry growth has resulted in high demand for skilled technicians to design, install, troubleshoot and repair countless types of freezing, cooling, dehumidifying and heating systems.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Certification with a Red Seal – Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic trade in Nova Scotia.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
RFAC 1000   Introduction to Safety and Rigging
RFAC 1001   Introduction to Refrigeration I
RFAC 1002   Blueprint Reading
RFAC 1004   Mathematics for Trades
RFAC 1006   Basic Electricity I
RFAC 1007   Metering Devices
RFAC 1008   Compressors
RFAC 1011   Evaporators and Condensers
RFAC 1012   Basic Electricity II
RFAC 1013   Introduction to Refrigeration II
RFAC 1100   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

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    Visit NSCC

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