Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Certificate

Program Overview

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
  • safety
  • system design, installation, operation
  • test and repair system components

Hands-on Training

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.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Trade to Degree

The Bachelor of Applied Management (BAMgt) degree provides journeypersons the unique opportunity to leverage existing education and experience into a bachelor's degree with two years of additional study. Part-time and remote options are available.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Our graduates are working in installation, service and sales. You could get a job with a refrigeration or air conditioning installation contractor, mine or mill site, manufacturing facility, food wholesaler, engineering firm, retail firm or service company.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning MechanicHeating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics (7313)$37,500 - $110,300

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September
Length:

32 weeks


Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • a 30-level math (no change for this program)

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.



ACCUPLACER©

Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 245 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 247 Reading
  • 241 Writing

Post-secondary

Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2021/22 Academic Year

$7,905

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 127
Fundamental Communication Skills
2
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You will use fundamental employability skills related to obtaining and keeping a job. You will apply skills to work effectively with others and produce job-related documents. You will identify employability and practical skills to prepare effective job search materials and discuss the effect of attitudes and behaviours on a successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 127CE, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, PROF 100, TCOM 102, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Online, Online - Individual, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
ELEC 138
Basic Electricity 1
3
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You will study the fundamentals of electricity. The course content includes an introduction to basic electrical quantities, basic electric circuits and circuit analysis. You will receive hands-on instruction regarding the use of multimeters. You will perform experiments to reinforce the fundamentals of electricity and use multimeters to evaluate the characteristics of basic direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuits.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MATH 199
Mathematics
4
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You will review basic mathematics and the metric system of measurement. The course content includes percent, ratio, proportion, area, volume and equations. You will then focus on the applications of mathematics in the trade that include electrical, pressure, pneumatics and elementary thermodynamics calculations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
METL 181
Soldering and Brazing
3
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You will learn soldering and brazing techniques as well as proper use of acetylene equipment. You will also learn how to work with the metals used in refrigeration and air conditioning.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PIPE 182
Basic Piping Techniques
3
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You will learn basic hand skills and the techniques used for piping and pipe joining. Your training will focus on cutting, reaming, swaging, flaring and bending techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
RFRG 106
Accessories, Head Pressure Control and Refrigerants
3
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You will also learn the operation of different types of flow controls, accessories and basic cycling controls. You will also learn how to install and calibrate these components. You will learn about different types of refrigerants, refrigerant characteristics, environmental regulations and receive Canada’s Ozone Layer Protection Awareness training.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
RFRG 107
Fundamentals of Refrigeration
4
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You will study temperature and temperature measurement, pressure and pressure measurement as well as heat and heat transfer. You will also study heat transfer in the basic cycle, pressure temperature relationships, the refrigerant condition in the system components and the basic cycle components.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
RFRG 184
Basic Refrigeration System Components and Capacity Control
4
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You will study the operation and design of compressors, condensers, evaporators and metering devices. You will examine the different methods used for controlling capacity on refrigeration systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
RFRG 191
Basic System Installation
4
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You will set up a small commercial refrigeration unit and perform all installation and service procedures required to have a completed operating system.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TOOL 188
Basic Hand Tools
1
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You will study threaded fastener systems and practice the use of hand tools most commonly used in metalwork applications in the refrigeration trade.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WLDR 179
Welding
1
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You will learn how to safely operate, assemble and maintain an oxy-fuel system while torch brazing (TB) and oxy-fuel cutting (OFC).
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ELEC 139
Basic Electricity 2
3
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You will learn the operating principles of transformers, relays, generators, single and three-phase alternating current (AC) motors. You will construct and analyze rectifier and relay control circuits. You will analyze the operation of transformers and test the performance of a variety of AC motors. You will construct and troubleshoot common motor control circuits.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 181
Graphics
4
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You will develop suitable drafting and blueprint interpreting skills. You will learn how to read blueprints and produce shop drawings as needed in the trade. You will also learn how to take estimates from these drawings.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
HVAC 102
HVAC Basics
3
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You will learn the fundamentals of air conditioning and types of air conditioning systems. You will also receive introductory level training on HVAC electrical systems, controls and air handlers.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
INDG 100
Introduction to Indigenous Studies
1
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You will receive an introduction to the Indigenous cultural groups within Saskatchewan. You will learn about the colonization of Indigenous peoples by the Canadian state. Your studies will help you discuss current issues and explore possible solutions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
RFRG 108
Electrical
3
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You will learn how to use electrical symbols, schematic diagrams and electrical test meters as well as design diagrams and learn troubleshooting techniques. You will also examine common electrical components.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): RFRG 197
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
RFRG 109
Motors and Defrost Systems
4
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You will receive training on motors and motor-starting and protection devices. You will learn about defrost methods, defrost control, and defrost wiring.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
RFRG 192
System Design and Operation
4
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You will install an air cooled system on an insulated fixture and design this project in phases to learn variations in electrical and control systems. You will also develop troubleshooting skills by diagnosing typical system malfunctions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
RFRG 193
System Design and Installation
4
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You will design and install a low temperature unit using an air cooled unit and refrigerated fixture. You will also design and install the control system including defrost timer, defrost termination, fan delay, defrost heaters, evaporator fans and the condensing unit.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SAFE 114
Safety and Electrical Control Systems
4
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You will learn about the hazards associated with the refrigeration and air conditioning trade. You will also learn safe working practices and receive Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training. You will also learn the design and assembly of typical electrical systems used on refrigeration & air conditioning equipment. You will select and apply troubleshooting and diagnostic techniques for motors and electrical components.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WORK 114
Work Experience
0
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You will participate in a work placement to further your understanding of industry requirements. Your training will be provided by a journeyperson.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group

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