School of Skilled Trades

Building Environmental Systems

The Building Environmental Systems Technology program is currently under review and will not be accepting new students at this time. Should you have any questions, please contact the program at mechanical@nait.ca.

Current and recently admitted students can find program and course information in the Academic Progress Report section of the MyNAIT student portal.

NAIT's Building Environmental Systems Technology program will teach you the engineering theory and conceptual aspects of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) integration in building systems. Students will analysis, design, install and commission HVACR controls and equipment. Emphasis of the program will be placed on using the latest industry specific software to design building mechanical systems. Analyzing, commissioning and trouble shooting building automation control systems will also be focused on.

A pathway into apprenticeship; a graduate of this program will receive recognition towards the 3rd period of technical training in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM) apprenticeship program. Graduates will receive full recognition towards the 3rd period of RACM once they successfully challenge the 3rd period trade qualifications exam and obtain their on the job training hours.

To be accepted into this second-year diploma program, you must have graduated from the one-year Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician certificate program or the one year HVAC Specialist certificate program or have completed the 2nd year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship program. The Building Environmental Systems Technology program provides access to advanced career opportunities not available with the one-year HVACR Technician certificate.

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 1 Year

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 1 Year to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Your studies will focus on the engineering theory and conceptual aspects of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) integration in building systems. Advanced trade-related refrigeration courses are also included

  • design and operation of mechanical systems, control integration and commercial refrigeration used in buildings and manufacturing processes
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanical system design utilizing CAD
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanical estimating, contract management and project management
  • energy auditing and alternative energy management strategies

This program provides greater industry access and employment flexibility, and it will enable you to focus your training on a broad range of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration job market.

Building Environmental Systems

Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates from this program are in high demand as there is a shortage of trained workers. Typical employers include design engineers, building automation companies, energy consultants, product representatives and contractors.

Successful completion of the Building Environmental Systems Technology diploma program will assist graduates with:

  • entry into the building mechanical design and commissioning industry
  • employment in building systems evaluation, project management and inspection
  • employment in building systems contracting and consulting
  • entry into the building controls design and servicing industry
  • a position in technical engineering sales
  • a lead into the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic apprenticeship trade program
  • a lead into mechanical and sheet metal estimating
  • a stable position in industry-specific wholesale business
  • a position in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment design and manufacturing industry
Building Environmental Systems

Graduate Information & Opportunities

Continuing your studies

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) recognizes graduates of the BEST diploma program for technical training credit for period 3 certification in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM) trade. Full credit for period 3, is granted upon successful challenge of the corresponding technical examination for the RACM trade and completion of the required 1560 hours of on the job training.

Bachelor of Technology Program, NAIT

Graduates are eligible to enter NAIT's Bachelor of Technology (BTech) program, and can earn their BTech degree with just two additional years of full-time studies.

  • Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact  articulations@nait.ca
  • For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact  articulations@nait.ca

Want to learn more about this program?

Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions.

Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
  • Navigating nait.ca and MyNAITPortal

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Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal

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The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The information will be protected by the provisions of FOIP, and will be used for the purpose of registration and administration of the event. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use, security or disclosure of the personal information, please contact General Council at 780.471.7664 or legal@nait.ca.

International Students

International students are eligible to enroll in the Building Environmental Systems program and are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWPP). Please note, Alberta apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanents Residents of Canada.

Temporary visa holders (such as those participating on the PGWPP) do not meet the eligibility requirements and are not able to register through the on-line apprenticeship registration system.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C+ in the course(s) or program

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

Want to learn more about this program?

Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions.

Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
  • Navigating nait.ca and MyNAITPortal

Contact Student Service Centre

Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal



The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The information will be protected by the provisions of FOIP, and will be used for the purpose of registration and administration of the event. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use, security or disclosure of the personal information, please contact General Council at 780.471.7664 or legal@nait.ca.

International Students

International students are eligible to enroll in the Building Environmental Systems program and are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWPP). Please note, Alberta apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanents Residents of Canada. Temporary visa holders (such as those participating on the PGWPP) do not meet the eligibility requirements and are not able to register through the on-line apprenticeship registration system.

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