Pre-employment Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Closed for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 12 weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn about refrigeration, heating and electrical theory through hands-on courses that also cover safety training to prepare you for an apprenticeship as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic.

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics are used extensively in many fields, including process manufacturing, the medical industry, petroleum industry, chemical processing and environmental control.

This 12-week program covers all course materials included in a first-year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training.

Credentials

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year apprenticeship.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in air-conditioning and refrigeration system companies and are prepared to become indentured refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic apprentices. 

Potential career progression includes: 

  • refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic journeyperson 
  • supervisory positions 

Related careers include: 

  • appliance service technician 
  • gasfitter 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $4,835

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 6, 2021
Winter 2021 April 6, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Admission Requirements

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 30-3, Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • Physics 20 or Chemistry 20
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 5) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program Outline

Course Code Course Name Credits
CNTR-224 Refrigeration Controls I 1.5
ELEC-227 Electrical Theory 3.0
HTNG-223 Heating Theory I 1.5
RFRG-200 Canada's Ozone Layer Protection Awareness 1.5
RFRG-211 Refrigeration Theory I 3.0
RFRG-220 Refrigeration Shop I 6.0
Total Credits 16.5

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,650 $186 - - $4,650

Fees

Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

Books and supplies*

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Orientation date

Tenatively Sept. 8th

Delivery 

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

  • Solid Wi-Fi connection at home

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • CSA steel toe boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Hard hat
  • Gloves

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone:  403.284.8367
Email: construction.refrigeration@sait.ca

Academic chair

Barry Delparte, Academic Chair
Email:  barry.delparte@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.refrigeration@sait.ca

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