Air conditioning repair technicians use diagnostic equipment and specialized tools for inspecting air conditioning units. Technicians work with residential and commercial air conditioning systems to ensure proper climate control and temperature distribution.
Schools with HVAC Programs
These schools offer HVAC training programs at the certificate and undergraduate degree levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Lewis-Clark State College||Lewiston, ID||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's||$7,224 in-state, $18,224 out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's||$15,810 in-state, $22,470 out-of-state|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state|
|Community College of Allegheny County||Pittsburgh, PA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,999 in-district, $7,298 in-state, $10,440 out-of-state|
|Coyne College||Chicago, IL||2-year, Private||Certificate, Associate's||$15,687|
|Redstone College||Broomfield, CO||2-year, Private||Diploma, Associate's||$15,743|
|Canton State University of New York||Canton, NY||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$7,855 in-state, $12,245 out-of-state|
|University of Northwestern Ohio||Lima, OH||4-year, Private||Diploma, Associate's||$9,930|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School and College Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for air conditioning schools:
- Individuals may look for schools with simulated work environments that contain air conditioning units and the latest tools and equipment.
- Some employers will only consider applicants who attended a school accredited by the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).
- Some programs offer internships.
This certificate program is for those who want to gain the basic knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level job in air conditioning repair. These programs usually take one year to complete and include coursework such as blueprint reading, drafting and system design.
Associate of Science in HVAC/R
This degree program introduces students to installation and repair methods that will be used on-the-job. Coursework may include electrical wiring, job safety and planned maintenance. This program will also prepare students who are interested in earning a bachelor's degree in the field.
Bachelor of Science in HVAC/R
This degree program provides students with the skill set and expertise to start a career in air conditioning repair. Courses covered may include mechanical systems, residential and commercial HVAC/R controls.
HVAC can commonly be found at the certificate, diploma, associate's and bachelor's degree levels. Prospective students should look for accredited programs with up-to-date tools and equipment, and may also consider the possibility of internships for hands-on experience.