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Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Techniques
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

Available as a one- or two-year program

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Techniques and Technician programs provide students with a balanced blend of theoretical knowledge and experiential learning to enable its graduates to install, service, maintain and update heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems. With multiple pathways to follow and a variety of career options to choose from, Loyalist's HRAC programs are designed to prepare its graduates to operate in an environment dominated by climate change, rising fuel costs, and sustainable choices.

*Please note: Classes for this program are delivered at both Loyalist's Belleville campus and Tyendinaga location. A free shuttle service is available.

  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Certificate (Techniques)

    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

  • Location
    • Tyendinaga and Belleville*

*Please note: Classes for this program are delivered at both Loyalist's Belleville campus and Tyendinaga location (5717 Old Highway 2, Shannonville, ON). A free shuttle service is available.

Find Your Career:

Prepare for an in-demand labour market as a:

  • Gas technician
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration systems mechanic
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic
  • Hydronics technician
  • Central air conditioning installer
  • Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems installation, maintenance, and repair in residential and light commercial settings

Graduates may also pursue a career in parts or equipment sales with a variety of employers such as:

  • Residential and commercial heating companies
  • Air conditioning or refrigeration contractors
  • Wholesalers
  • Public utilities
  • Oil distribution companies
  • Different levels of government

Is it for you?

Successful students in this program are people who:

  • Enjoy engaging with and servicing the public
  • Are comfortable working with hand tools and power equipment
  • Enjoy routine problem solving
  • Are familiar with and comfortable applying basic fundamentals of mathematics and physics
  • Enjoy completing hands-on tasks, assembly and performing installations
  • Adhere to workplace and public safety protocols
  • Are interested in ongoing personal and professional development, that will lead to enhanced work performance and career opportunities, and keep pace with industry changes

How You’ll Learn

Experiential learning

In the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HRAC) Techniques program students will:

  • Gain solid skills and knowledge in the design, operation and maintenance of energy-efficient, building environmental systems, in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R).
  • Learn to size, install, repair and maintain building environmental systems for the residential and light commercial sector.
  • Develop practical skills through hands-on experience in Loyalist's labs, working on a wide range of furnaces, air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and other appliances, including the latest sustainable heating and cooling technology.
  • Develop cross-disciplinary, industry-ready skills in soldering, wiring and electrical control circuitry and troubleshooting for HVAC and gas installations.
  • Use computer-aided design software to assess building heating and cooling requirements, select appropriate equipment, review HVAC system drawings and specifications for the residential market and light commercial market and confirm building code requirements.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn in small classes with an experienced faculty team.
  • Professors have specialized experience with heating, refrigeration and air conditioning.
  • Teachers use their industry contacts to help connect students with jobs.


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