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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.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • 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 technical training each period.
Trade Qualifier

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 / 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.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training 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.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.