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NAIT's 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.
Students will analysis, design, install and commission HVACR controls and equipment.
Emphasis of the program will be placed on using the latest industry specific software to design building mechanical systems. Analyzing, commissioning and trouble shooting building automation control systems will also be focused on.
A pathway into apprenticeship; a graduate of this program will receive recognition towards the 3rd period of technical training in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM) apprenticeship program. Graduates will receive full recognition towards the 3rd period of RACM once they successfully challenge the 3rd period trade qualifications exam and obtain their on the job training hours.
To be accepted into this second-year diploma program, you must have graduated from the one-year Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician certificate program or the one year HVAC Specialist certificate program or have completed the 2nd year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship program. The Building Environmental Systems Technology program provides access to advanced career opportunities not available with the one-year HVACR Technician certificate.
Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.
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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
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.
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:
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship Program
Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) recognizes graduates of the BEST diploma program for technical training credit for period 3 certification in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM) trade. Full credit for period 3, is granted upon successful challenge of the corresponding technical examination for the RACM trade and completion of the required 1560 hours of on the job training.
Bachelor of Technology Program, NAIT
Graduates are eligible to enter NAIT's Bachelor of Technology (BTech) program, and can earn their BTech degree with just two additional years of full-time studies.
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International students are eligible to enroll in the Building Environmental Systems program and are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWPP). Please note, Alberta apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanents Residents of Canada.
Temporary visa holders (such as those participating on the PGWPP) do not meet the eligibility requirements and are not able to register through the on-line apprenticeship registration system.
The Building Environmental Systems Technology program focuses on the engineering theory and conceptual aspects of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration
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