Sacramento Schools for HVAC Training
HVAC programs prepare students for careers in the design, installation, maintenance and repair of indoor climate control systems. HVAC professionals are responsible for servicing refrigerators, air conditioners, boilers and heat pumps. In addition to learning about these systems, students may also need to gain certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to handle refrigeration chemicals. This article looks at two schools that are within 20 minutes of downtown Sacramento and at the training programs they provide. It also includes a table that presents information a prospective student should know about each school, such as school size and costs.
- The Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center, about eight miles from the city center, offers an HVAC certificate program.
- About 10 miles from downtown, the Center for Employment Training - Sacramento trains students through an HVAC and Green Technology Course.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are deciding where to enroll for their HVAC training need to consider many factors. The following displays data about these three schools in a format that makes it easy to compare them.
|Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center||Center for Employment Training - Sacramento|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Less than two-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||695*||151*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large City|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$6,115*||$10,954*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||100%*||89%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2013 returning Fall 2014)|| 92% of full-time students
76% of part-time students*
|74% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2011)||97%*||70%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
The Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center is a school within the Sacramento County Unified School District and is devoted to adult and vocational education. The center offers an HVAC certificate program through its School of Electronic Occupations.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Certificate
This 42-week program provides extensive classroom and hands-on training in the maintenance, installation and repair of HVAC equipment. Over the course of the program, students attend courses daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The curriculum covers a variety of topics, including air flow, heat load, electrical systems, building codes for air conditioning and heating units, solar heating systems and the installation of different types of HVAC components. Students get practice with installing and repairing heating and refrigeration units. Students also are required to take the Environmental Protection Agency's International 608 and 609 Refrigerant Handling tests.
Programs at the Center for Employment Training - Sacramento
The Center for Employment Training in Sacramento provides students with vocational HVAC training. Students can begin employment in as little as six months after enrollment.
HVAC and Green Technology Course
Students who complete the course can work with HVAC systems and solar energy systems. The course provides students with training in plumbing, carpentry and electrical systems. Students can also learn about OSHA safety standards and photovoltaics. The program can prepare students for certification examinations that involve refrigerant handling, including the EPA 608, EPA 609 and EPA R-410A.