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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

With Cambrian's Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) accredited program, you'll prepare to challenge TSSA exams for Natural Gas Technician and Oil Burner Technician certifications. Theory and practical lab training are combined to develop a solid understanding of heating systems (natural gas, propane and fuel oil) as well as air conditioning, refrigeration principles, sheet metal fabrication, and heat loss/heat gain design considerations.  You'll also be introduced to the skills required for the installation, service, and troubleshooting of residential and light commercial heating and cooling applications.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Program accredited by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

  • One of only 2 colleges in Ontario to offer Oil Burner Technician training

  • Hands-on training in the College's state-of-the-art HVAC labs

  • After first year, you will be certified to work at entry-level industry positions after successfully challenging the:

    • Gas Technician 3 TSSA exam
    • Oil Burner Technician 3 TSSA exam
    • Gas Pipe Fitter TSSA exam

  • Upon completion of second year and successfully challenging the Gas Technician 2 and Oil Burner Technician 2 TSSA exams you'll be fully certified enter the workforce as a Heating Systems Technician

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Skills and Trades Training

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
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Program Delivery

2017-2018

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2018
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2018
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2019

2018-2019

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1Credits
GAF 1100Gas Technician III 112
HVA 1100Basic Sheet Metal 12
RAC 1100Refrigeration I 14
ENG 1002College Communications 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 2
GAF 1200Gas Technician II (Part I) 16
OBU 1201Oil Burner Technician III 18
RAC 1200Refrigeration II 14
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 3
ENG 1780Applied Communication II 2
GAF 2300Gas Technician II (Part II) 18
HLG 2300Heat Loss/Heat Gain 14
OBU 2300Oil Burner Technician II 16
The following General Education course:  3
Personal Finance 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 4
GAF 2402Gas Technician II (Part III) 112
HVA 2400Air Conditioning Heat Pumps 14
HVA 2430Advanced Hydronics 12
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 86

Fees

Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,400. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates who have met TSSA certification requirements may find employment as  natural gas, propane, and oil burner technicians and may also pursue OCOT (Ontario College of Trades) journeyperson apprenticeship within the refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing, or sheet metal fabrication industries. Graduates may also be employed as sales or maintenance personnel in commercial, institutional, and industrial areas.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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