Skilled Trades

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2017 Barrie, Owen Sound

Program description

Students will develop the skills required to install, service, and maintain the environmental systems for residential buildings. This includes working with a variety of gas appliances as well as an introduction to refrigeration and air conditioning. There will be an emphasis on energy efficient and environmentally friendly approaches. Students will also read, utilize, and produce Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning (HRAC) drawings using industry standard software. Practical skills with sheet metal will be developed. The program will prepare students to write their Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Gas Fitter II exams in order to become a licensed gas technician.


This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian's commitment to quality in co-op education.

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Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

NOTE: as of Fall 2017 this program requires both

  • Grade 12 English (C or U) AND
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)


View the Heat/Ref/Air Cond Technician articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

DRFT2003 Drafting Techniques
ENVR1000 Environmental Science and Sustainability
GAST1000 Introduction to Electricity
GAST1001 Professional Practices
GAST1002 Piping and Tubing Systems
GAST1003 Introduction to Gas Appliances
GAST1004 Pressure Regulator Controls
GAST1006 Gas Appliances
GAST1008 Forced Air and Space Heating
GAST1009 Venting
HRAC2000 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 1
MATH1018 Introduction to Technical Mathematics
SCIE2001 Heating and Air Conditioning Science
GAST1011 Water Heaters and Hydronic Heating
GAST1012 Forced Air Add-Ons and Air Conditioning

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Co-op Work Term

COOP1029 HRAC Work Term 1

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