Top Schools for HVAC & Refrigeration Maintenance

Find out which top schools provide training in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) technology. Read about the program options at three colleges and universities, and find a table that lists other schools in the U.S. that offer instruction for HVAC-R technicians.

School Overview

Formal training in HVAC-R technology can be found at various universities, which include Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, Northern Michigan University and the University of Alaska. Lewis-Clark State College offers a full complement of programs leading to a certificate or associate or bachelor's degree. Students at Northern Michigan University and the University of Alaska can earn a certificate or a degree.

1. Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID

School Highlight: This is the only collegiate school in the state with programs in HVAC technology.

The only postsecondary school in Idaho with occupational programs in HVAC-R technology, the college offers both 1-year and 2-year technical certificate programs, an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science. Program emphasis is on problem-solving, maintenance and repairs, and practice-based instruction allows students to become familiar with the same technical and working conditions found in the industry. Course topics include studies in electricity, gas heat, motors and resistive heating; students also learn how to service home appliances. Also offered is an Advanced Technical Certificate and a Technical Certificate.

2. Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI

School Highlight: Students enrolled in this school's HVAC-R program can transfer credits to an Associate Degree program.

The university offers a 45-credit certificate program in HVAC-R technology that trains them for positions as journeymen mechanics, service technicians and wholesalers at air conditioning companies, repair shops or retail stores. Once enrolled, future technicians study basic heating and refrigeration, air delivery systems and applied electricity. Additionally, a significant number of credits earned through the certificate program can be transferred to the Associate of Applied Science in Climate Control Technology.

3. University of Alaska - Anchorage, AK

School Highlight: This school's HVAC program is offered at an extended campus location.

This school offers an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Commercial HVAC Systems via an extended campus location named Matanuska-Susitna College. The certificate program requires 22 credits to complete, and it offers courses in subjects like Technical Mathematics for Industrial Trades and Codes for HVAC-R.

Top HVAC-R Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arkansas Tech University Offers a technical certificate program Russellville, AR
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Offers various courses in HVAC-R Boston, MA
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee Air conditioning and refrigeration technology program available Okmulgee, OK
Pensacola State College Offers HVAC-R program Pensacola, FL
The University of Texas at Brownsville Offers Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology programs with different specializations Brownsville, TX
University of Northwestern Ohio College of Applied Technologies offers degree program in HVAC-R technology Lima, OH

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