Ontario College Diploma in Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician program will introduce you to the field of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning with an emphasis on renewable, sustainable and alternative energy efficient solutions
Protecting the environment, reducing climate changes and increasing sustainable practices have contributed to the need for energy-efficient practices in the heating, refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
Our compressed three-semester program will prepare you for employment in this field:
New training equipment for the HRAC program
- Our program has been specifically designed to address the changing employment and environmental needs of the industry.
- Our program provides you with theoretical and practical skills to install, service, maintain and update heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
The program is divided into three terms.
- After successful completion of the provincial practical requirements at the end of term one, students can apply to write for Oil Burner Technician –Level 3 (OBT-3) and Gas Technician-Level 3 (G-3) certificates of qualification.
- After successful completion of the provincial practical requirements at the end of term three, students can apply to write for Oil Burner Technician –Level 2 (OBT-2) and Gas Technician-Level 2 (G-2) certificates of qualification.
Students are required to attend 80% of all classes in order to write their TSSA Gas and Oil exams.
Gas and Oil Technician –Level 3 (OBT-3 and G-3) deals with workplace safety, tools, characteristics of natural gas and oil, codes/regulations, basic electricity, technical specifications, customer relations, basic piping systems, and an introduction to gas and oil appliances.
Gas and Oil Technician –Level 2 (OBT-2 and G-2) focuses on advanced piping/tubing systems, electricity, controls, systems, appliances, gas meters, pressure regulators, gas and oil -fired refrigerators, conversion burners, water heaters, forced warm air heating systems, hydronic heating systems, space heating, venting practices, forced air add-on devices, and air handling.
Graduates of this program will have an opportunity to obtain industry related health and safety certifications. You will also have Grade 12 Math equivalency.
"I worked in maintenance, and food and beverage at a recreational facility for 15 years, but because of the economy I found myself out of work. Through Second Career, an opportunity for me to go back to school existed, and I chose this program because it’s short - 45 weeks. The provincial certifications for Gas Technician Levels 3 and 2 and Oil Burner Technician Levels 3 and 2, and the opportunity to earn a diploma also appealed to me. The program is a lot of work - it’s not a walk in the park - but being older I find I am able to focus. The instructors from the HRAC program are top notch; we have a great rapport and I felt totally accepted by my classmates. I recommend this program to anyone, younger or older: it’s less than a year and there are jobs out there. Those jobs aren’t always just going into a house to fix a furnace; you can work for large mechanical companies that look after hospital heating and cooling needs, or any major buildings. There are six-figure incomes out there to be had."
The program runs continuously over 45 weeks, beginning in September.
Why Choose Fleming
As an accredited training institution registered with the Technical Standard Safety Authority (TSSA), this program offers applicable skills whether you are planning to enter the field, or you are currently working in the heating, refrigeration and air conditioning field and wish to update your skills.
Graduates of the program may obtain employment as heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technicians or through affiliated trade apprenticeships in plumbing, pipefitting, electrical, sheet metal or refrigeration.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 1 College (C) English course (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
- 1 College (C) Math course (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) and (U/C) courses are also accepted.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.