This 25-week (750 hours) program is designed to take a student with little or no previous experience in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry and supply the student with the necessary skills to seek employment in that industry as an apprentice. It also provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of installing, servicing, and troubleshooting all aspects of heating, ventilating and airconditioning/refrigeration equipment.
Graduates of this program may receive credit for Level 1 apprenticeship technical training and may also be granted practical credit from the Industry Training Authority. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyperson, graduates would return to school to complete Level 2 (six weeks), Level 3 (eight weeks) and Level 4 (eight weeks).
The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship program consists of five years of on-the-job experience combined with four levels of in-school technical training in order to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) Examination through the Industry Training Authority.
Good hand/eye coordination and problem solving skills with attention to detail are desirable qualities for individuals pursuing a career in this field.
B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for a minimum of one year as of the first day of classes.
Math requirement: Students graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: Mathematics 10 or an equivalent Intermediate Level Adult Basic Education Mathematics course, or an ABLE mathematics score of at least 50%. Students entering Grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum: One of: Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 10, Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10, or an equivalent Intermediate Level Adult Basic Education Mathematics course or an ABLE mathematics score of at least 50%.
Completion of all courses in the program with a minimum grade of 70% in each.
RACM 100-30 hoursApplication of Trades Math for the Refrigeration Mechanic TradeIn this course students will review math principles used by Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics. Students will then apply those principles to perform calculations and create graphs required for refrigeration mechanics projects.
RACM 101-30 hoursSafety TechniquesThis course introduces the student to various job hazards, B-52 Code, WorkSafeBC rules and regulations, and safe rigging procedures. Students will also complete the CFC/HCFC/HFC Control course.
RACM 102-30 hoursWelding and Brazing TechniquesThis course introduces the student to the use of air-acetylene and oxy-acetylene welding methods.
RACM 103-30 hoursBasic Work SkillsThis course introduces students to the refrigeration trade, employer/employee rights and obligations, as well as basic mechanical concepts. The course will also introduce the student to the development of communication skills within the trade.
RACM 104-30 hoursApplication of Drafting SkillsThis course introduces the students to the use of drafting skills and interpretation of mechanical drawings.
RACM 105-60 hoursUse of ToolsThis course describes the proper use of tools (hand, power, powder-actuated, and precision measuring tools) and electric meters. The course also describes the proper use of charging, evacuation and reclaiming tools.
RACM 106-12 hoursApplication of ComputersThis course introduces students to the basic terminology of computers and their use in the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics trade.
RACM 107-60 hoursBasic Electrical ConceptsThis course introduces students to the fundamentals of electricity and transformer theory. The course also introduces students to single-phase and three-phase power characteristics.
RACM 108-60 hoursElectrical Wiring SchematicsThis course prepares the student to identify circuit components and analyze simple circuits.
RACM 109-30 hoursSingle-Phase Motor TheoryThis course introduces students to the operation of motors and the analysis and causes of motor failure.
RACM 110-60 hoursPiping PracticesThis course introduces students to the identification of copper pipe, fittings and connectors used within this trade. The course also introduces students to working with coiled tubes along with the proper use of tube cutters.
RACM 111-222 hoursFundamentals of RefrigerationThis course introduces students to the properties of matter and heat; principles of gases; forms of energy; and properties of refrigerants.
RACM 112-60 hoursRefrigeration Systems CyclesThis course introduces students to basic refrigeration systems, mechanical refrigeration cycles, direct expansion system components and flooded system components.
RACM 113-30 hoursRefrigeration System ComponentsThis course introduces students to compressor performance by calculating theoretical and actual displacement and factors limiting performance.
RACM 114-6 hoursFinal ExamIn this course, students will write the first-year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic exam.
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