HVAC controls refer to circuitry and computer programs that operate and maintain a building's or home's ventilation systems. Apprenticeships and on-the-job training are common avenues for entry into a career in HVAC controls, though employers also seek college-trained professionals.
10 Schools with HVAC Controls Programs
The following schools offer HVAC controls programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Red Rocks Community College||Lakewood, Colorado||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,429 In-state
|Macomb Community College||Warren, Michigan||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,169 In-district
|Manchester Community College||Manchester, New Hampshire||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $6,880 In-state
|Spartanburg Community College||Spartanburg, South Carolina||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,192 In-district
|Houston Community College||Houston, Texas||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,632 In-district
|Monroe Community College||Rochester, New York||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $4,554 In-state
|San Diego City College||San Diego, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
|Johnston Community College||Smithfield, North Carolina||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,401 In-state
|Sinclair Community College||Dayton, Ohio||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $2,476 In-district
|Surry Community College||Dobson, North Carolina||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's|| $2,476 In-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
College-trained HVAC professionals are in demand. When selecting a school, there are several factors students should consider.
- Make sure the program offers hands-on experience and training.
- Verify that adequate HVAC controls design and testing courses exist in the program.
- Look for programs that offer practical training through internships.
Certificate in HVAC
Some certificate programs have established curricula, and others allow students to select elective coursework. Many certificate programs require a course or sequence in systems design that includes HVAC controls.
Associate's Degrees in HVAC Technology
Many of these programs include a sequence in controls or devote courses to both design and operations. During lab sessions, students gain experience with tools and procedures by practicing installation and repair.
HVAC Controls Certification Options
Several organizations, such as HVAC Excellence, offer entry-level, intermediate and advanced training and certifications for all facets of the occupation. Certified professionals could advance a career or earn a higher salary by demonstrating proficiency with gas, electric or hydraulic controls for residential or commercial construction.
Students wishing to work in the HVAC control systems field may pursue a certificate or associate's degree. Students can also build their credentials with certifications from accredited agencies.