Students who complete our structured Combined Pre-Apprenticeship program have the advantage of diversifying their skills into two relevant areas of training.
On the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning component of the program, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems and combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems.
The Gas Technician 3 component of the combined program is the starting point for technicians in the gas field. Gas Technician 3 is a mandatory, entry-level certification which must be completed by anyone wanting to work as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic. Graduates of this program must successfully complete the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Gas Technician Certification Examination to be eligible to work as a licensed level 3 Gas Technician.
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics who are also a holder of the Gas Technician 3 certification can carry out the following functions under supervision on appliances up to and including 400, 000 British Thermal Units per Hour (BTUH): install, test, activate or purge gas piping or tubing that is less than two and one half inches in diameter or a component in a piping or tubing system to an appliance downstream or a natural gas meter or propane service valve up to an appliance control valve. They may also reactivate a previously installed or converted appliance, clean and lubricate an appliance, or clean, remove or replace a vent connector, venting or a draft control device. Areas of study include; safety, HVAC electrical, HVAC heating and air condition systems and piping methods.