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Transport Refrigeration Technician

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Transport refrigeration technicians install, repair and maintain equipment that supplies and contains conditioned air in mobile units used to transport perishable goods such as food and medical supplies.

In general, transport refrigeration technicians:

  • assemble and install refrigeration and heating components such as motors, compressors and gauges,
  • measure and cut piping, and connect piping,
  • read wiring diagrams, and install and calibrate related controls,
  • test lines to detect leaks,
  • recharge systems with refrigerant and perform routine maintenance checks,
  • service and repair diesel engines and related parts,
  • repair and replace parts and components and overhaul entire refrigeration systems, and
  • maintain a safe and clean working environment.

Those authorized to perform the restricted activities of this designated trade include:

  • Sponsored Apprentices,
  • Certified Journeypersons
  • Individuals deemed qualified by their employer, and
  • Self-Employed individuals.

For complete information, see Restricted Activities and Classes of Individuals.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Apprenticeship
  • The term of apprenticeship for a transport refrigeration technician is 3 periods (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of classroom instruction each period.
  • Classroom instruction for period 2 in this apprenticeship program is currently suspended. 
    • Apprentices can register for 1st and 3rd periods due to common training with Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.
    • To complete period 2 of this apprenticeship program, you may challenge an exam.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Diploma).
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on:

Work Experience

The requirements for a Transport Refrigeration Technician are:

Recognized Credentials

The requirements for a Transport Refrigeration Technician are:

  • A valid recognized credential from another jurisdiction.
  • A successful theory exam.

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit
Related Trades

Applicants with an Alberta or recognized trade certificate in one of the following trades may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship or Trades Qualifier program requirements.

  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

Supporting Resources

 
Description
Description / Resources
Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guide Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.

 

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