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  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
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  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C+ in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

The Building Environmental Systems Technology program will teach you the engineering theory and conceptual aspects of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) integration in building systems.

This program will give you advance credit in the refrigeration trade or engineering-related employment in the technical and professional sector of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry.

To be accepted into this second-year program, you must have completed the one-year Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician certificate program or be a Journeyperson Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic. The Building Environmental Systems Technology program provides access to advanced career opportunities not available with the one-year Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician certificate.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Building Environmental Systems Technology program incorporates the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician certificate program. Your studies will focus on the engineering theory and conceptual aspects of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) integration in building systems. Advanced trade-related refrigeration courses are also included

  • design and operation of mechanical systems, control integration and commercial refrigeration used in buildings and manufacturing processes
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanical system design utilizing AutoCAD
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanical estimating, contract management and project management
  • energy auditing and alternative energy management strategies

This program provides greater industry access and employment flexibility, and it will enable you to focus your training on a broad range of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration job market.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates from this program are in high demand as there is a shortage of trained workers. Typical employers include design engineers, building automation companies, energy consultants, product representatives and contractors.

Successful completion of the Building Environmental Systems Technology diploma program will assist graduates with:

  • entry into the building mechanical design and commissioning industry
  • employment in building systems evaluation, project management and inspection
  • employment in building systems contracting and consulting
  • entry into the building controls design and servicing industry
  • a position in technical engineering sales
  • a lead into the refrigeration trade certification program
  • a lead into mechanical and sheet metal estimating
  • a stable position in industry-specific wholesale business
  • a position in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment design and manufacturing industry

Graduate Information & Opportunities

Continuing your studies

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Successful completion of the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician and Building Environmental Systems Technology programs will give you substantial credit towards a trade ticket as a  Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.

  • You would be exempt from all 4 years of classroom training. Full credit is granted for Period 1, and upon successful challenge of corresponding Technical Examination in Periods 2, 3 & 4.
  • You would receive 660 hours of credit for Period 1 & 2, and would only be required to complete the following work experience hours required for this program.
    • 900 hours of work experience - for Period 1 & 2
    • 1560 hours of work experience - for Period 3 & 4
  • You would be exempt from writing the Period 1 and 2 Technical examinations and can challenge the Period 3 & 4 exams after completing the required work hours.

Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management Program, NAIT

Graduates are eligible to enter NAIT's Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech-TM) program, and can earn their BTech-TM degree with just two additional years of full-time studies.

  • Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact  articulations@nait.ca
  • For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact  articulations@nait.ca

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Term 1

CNTR2315Fundamental Control Theory
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explains and demonstrates the theory and components used to design building control systems.

HVAC2310Heating System Design
  • Requisites: This course is restricted to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides the essentials in calculating heating loads and the selecting and design engineering of heating systems.

HVAC2320Ventilation & Air Conditioning System Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course analyzes the selection, design, and commissioning of ventilation and air conditioning components and systems.

HVAC2350Ventilation & Air Conditioning System Load
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course demonstrates both the methods of calculating ventilation and air conditioning loads and the delivery methods to solve load requirements.

PLMR2330Plumbing and Fire Protection
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course analyzes the requirements to produce a design of fire protection, water and sewage systems.

RFRG2340Advanced Refrigeration
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course evaluates refrigeration systems for correct operation and design.

Term 2

CNTR2425Building Automation Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program. Prerequisite: CNTR2315.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explains and demonstrates how Building Automation Systems are able to manage and control the building indoor environment.

CNTR2435Control Programming
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Program. Prerequisite: CNTR2315.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explains and demonstrates the programming and sequencing of Building Automation Systems to create seamless HVAC operations.

HVAC2420Sustainability in HVAC
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program. Prerequisites: HVAC2320, HVAC2350, HVAC2310, CNTR2315.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course examines the engineering, installation and commissioning practices to produce sustainable HVAC systems.

HVAC2430HVAC Construction Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program. Prerequisites: HVAC2310, HVAC2320, HVAC2350.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is design project test students skills in producing a complete set of construction documents for a building HVAC system.

HVAC2450Construction Documentation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explains the contractual aspects of construction documents and demonstrates examples of the tendering process.

RFRG2440Complex Refrigeration Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Building Environmental Systems Technology program. Prerequisite: RFRG2340.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course describes and analyses refrigeration systems used in industrial, refrigerated storage, and larger applications.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,826

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 2 Term 1: $525
Level 2 Term 2: $325

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • Successful completion of the HVAC Specialist certificate or the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technician certificate with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


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