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Apprenticeship

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

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School

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Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • 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

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • 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"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • 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

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic. You want to learn how to install, alter, repair and maintain refrigeration and air conditioning systems in all types of applications. You are mechanically inclined and understand the basic functioning of cooling and heating systems.

But you want to learn more, like how to repair heating equipment, troubleshoot gas-fired equipment and calibrate gas-related controls. You also want to understand all parts of a system, including how to lubricate moving parts and monitor the refrigerant charge.

At NAIT, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

  • working from drawings or verbal instructions to mount or place system components
  • assembling and installing refrigeration or air conditioning systems and components
  • installing and calibrating related controls, including wiring

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you work well without supervision, like having variety in your day-to-day work and are a creative problem-solver, then you will enjoy working as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic.

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics work in a variety of both indoor and outdoor environments depending on the job, including compressor rooms, roof tops or computer rooms. There is some risk of injury as you will work with electricity and high-pressure hazardous gases.

Training at NAIT

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1740 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year
  • See all period descriptions

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics train at NAIT Main Campus.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, you will be employed by companies that install and service air conditioning and refrigeration systems. You can also become self-employed as a contractor.

Experienced refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics may advance to supervisory positions.

You do not need this trade certification to repair domestic refrigerators, freezers or self-contained air conditioners with no piping. You also do not need this trade certification to repair transportation-based refrigeration units, which are serviced by heavy equipment mechanics.

Resources

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General program information

Email: Mechanical@nait.ca



Periods

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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided training in occupational skills as well as introductory training in refrigeration, air conditioning and heating, electrical theory and control systems.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided basic training in refrigeration and air conditioning, heating, electrical theory and control systems.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided intermediate training in refrigeration and air conditioning, heating theory and electrical, as well as air handling theory.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided advanced training in refrigeration theory, heating theory and control systems theory, as well as complex air system theory.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $575.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $400.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $300.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $200.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

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

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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