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Program Code: 03601 Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Length: 6 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology advanced diploma program provides you with comprehensive knowledge of energy systems used for commercial and industrial complexes. As you progress through the program, you will learn to apply engineering principles and conventions to achieve optimal energy efficiency through a process of evaluation, monitoring, load evaluation through software modelling, direct digital control (DDC), assessment, and necessary corrective action.

Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Relate effectively to heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration supervisors, coworkers and customers.
  2. Comply with applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to maintain personal and public safety.
  3. Solve scientific, mathematical, and engineering problems related to designing, operating, and installing energy systems for commercial and industrial complexes.
  4. Prepare and analyze detailed drawings, and compile technical specifications for energy systems.
  5. Design, operate, and install energy systems for commercial and industrial complexes.
  6. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that lead to enhanced work performance and career opportunities, and keep pace with industry changes.


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Work Placement

Our program features an optional, paid work placement directly related to your program of study. The work experience is designed to enable you to apply your skills and knowledge in an actual work environment, as well as enhance your employability upon graduation.

The work placement takes place after the completion of Semester 4, for a minimum of 400 hours. Participating students are required to complete work preparation sessions prior to the work term. Humber provides a range of services to support student success including working with business, industry and government to identify employment opportunities.

The Humber Advantage

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Facilities & Equipment

At Humber, we strive to duplicate situations that you will see in your everyday working life. You will use up-to-date Refrigeration, Heating and Controls labs that will allow you to understand the basics of this evolving technology so that you can approach your first day on the job with confidence.


Software & Technology

Increasingly, HVAC technicians enter a building not with a tool box, but with a laptop computer. Our programs focus on giving you the basic skills to design and service HVAC equipment, by using the latest industry software programs. You will also learn how to use and interpret industry specific testing and measuring devices.


Scholarships

Entrance scholarships worth $3000 each to students under certain diploma programs.


Value Added Activities

On Feb 24th thirty seven Humber students in the three year Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology program participated in a new technology product training workshop and successfully gained manufacturer certification.

Your Career

Up to 20 per cent of the cost of constructing a new commercial building can be attributed to heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. The push for greater energy efficiency is creating exciting opportunities for professionals who apply the effective and appropriate handling of energy to the design, installation and operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Opportunities exist in the commercial and industrial sectors, as well as in various levels of government departments.

Your potential employers include heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration manufacturers; consulting engineers; architects; process industries; wholesalers; distributors; mechanical contractors; building owners; chain stores; energy management firms; property management companies; and school boards.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada

This program helps to prepare students to write the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) exams.  There are six exams in total, three of which are completed in Semester 3.  The materials for the remaining three exams are supplied in Semesters 5 and 6.

Technical Standards and Safety Authority

This program helps to prepare students to write three Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) exams including G.3, G.2 and OBT.3.  The exam content is provided in Semesters 1 - 4.  

Ministry of the Environment

This program helps to prepare students to write the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Refrigerant Handling exam leading to the Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP) Certificate.  The exam content is delivered in Semester 4.  

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Waitlisted
January 2023 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Not Available
January 2023 North Not Available

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
      • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) 
      • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor Intel i7 or AMD 64-bit processor, 2.4GHz or faster Intel i7 or Xeon E3, 3.2GHz or faster
OS Windows 7 or 8/8.1 -64 bit professional Windows 7, 8.x or 10 - 64-bit professional
Memory 8 GB 32 GB
Video OpenGL 3.2 support w 1GB memory. No onboard graphics NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro/Radeon Pro Card w/ 4 GB dedicated memory
Monitor 1920*1080 resolution 1920*1080 resolution (or higher) resolution, dual monitors
Storage Hard drive w/ 20GB free USB and/or DVD drive Solid State Drive (SSD) w/20GB free

Contact Information

Ian MacLachlan, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5674
ian.maclachlan@humber.ca

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $3,785.06
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Additional costs may include personal protection equipment (PPE) needed and utilized in the lab environment.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Ian MacLachlan, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5674
ian.maclachlan@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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