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Top Schools for HVAC & Refrigeration Maintenance

Find out which top schools provide training in HVAC-R technology. Learn about the program options at three colleges and universities, and see other schools in the U.S. that offer instruction for HVAC-R technicians.

School Overview

Formal training in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, or 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. Let's learn more about the programs available at these schools and end with a look at additional schools offering similar programs.

Lewis-Clark State College

Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID is the only collegiate school in the state with programs in HVAC 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 a technical certificate and an advanced technical certificate.

Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI offers a 45-credit certificate program in HVAC-R technology that trains students 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.

University of Alaska

The University of Alaska in Anchorage, AK 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

There are additional top HVAC-R programs offered at schools across the country. These include the following:

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

HVAC-R programs are offered at schools around the country, with the top three programs being at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, Northern Michigan University and the University of Alaska.

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