Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Part-time studies)School of Construction Certificate
This program is also available on campus. For more information visit the program page.
There is steady demand for refrigeration and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) specialists—in commercial, industrial and institutional settings. It is an apprenticeship trade, so you’ll find a clear path to a journeyperson’s ticket and excellent earning potential.
The job itself has a mechanical focus. You install, maintain and repair refrigeration and cooling systems. But it also involves problem-solving skills, basic math skills, the ability to read and interpret specifications, and the ability to work with power tools and sophisticated technology.
The one-year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning certificate program is offered in Saskatoon. Experienced instructors help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to install, operate and service commercial and industrial refrigeration and HVAC equipment. Your training includes:
- basic refrigeration systems, cycles and components
- system installation
- electrical control systems
- graphics, math, hand tools
- mechanical and electrical skills
- refrigerants and refrigeration load calculation
- system design, installation, operation
- test and repair system components
You’ll spend as much time getting “hands-on” experience in the shop as you do in the classroom. You’ll also participate in a work experience.
The Day-to-Day Job
Having a natural aptitude for mechanical and electrical equipment or systems is an asset; good problem-solving and customer service skills are a must.
A Head Start on Apprenticeship
Your Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate will gain you advanced standing as an apprentice in the Refrigeration Mechanic trade, which can significantly improve your earning power and employability. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).
Note: International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.