Comparison of Columbus HVAC Schools
Individuals interested in learning about HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) have several school options within 20 minutes of Columbus, Ohio. This article looks at three public schools that offer many types of training. It also contains an easy-to-use table that lets students compare various aspects of these schools, such enrollment and school size. At the end of the article is some information about a few other schools that offer HVAC training in the Columbus area.
- Columbus State Community College, about a mile from downtown, offers short-term certificate programs along with a 2-year associate's degree program.
- Knox Technical Center offers an HVAC program that can be completed in less than a year.
- Located approximately 10 miles from downtown Columbus, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools offers an HVAC/R and plumbing certificate program that can be completed in less than two years.
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Comparison of Schools
Students who are looking for a school for their HVAC training need to consider many factors. The following table makes it easy to compare schools and arrive at an informed decision.
|Columbus State Community College||Knox Technical Center||Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools|
|School Type||Two-year, public||Less-than-two-year, public||Less-than-two-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||27,204||172||116|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Distant town||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,808 in-state; $8,430 out-of-state*||$9,055 for the HVAC program**||$9,583 for the HVAC/R program*|
|% of Full-Time Beginning Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2017)*||74%||96%||84%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||63% of full-time students; 46% of part-time students||100% of full-time students||82% of full-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2014)*||21% (19% transfer-out rate)||77%||73%|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Knox Technical Center
Columbus State Community College
Columbus State Community College (CSCC) provides HVAC training through five different certificate programs and one associate's degree program.
Residential/Light Commercial Certificate
This three-semester certificate program includes courses in electronic circuitry, the proper use of tools and refrigeration principles. Students can also learn about HVAC instrumentation and combustion.
Large Commercial Certificate
This program teaches students how to work with large-scale HVAC systems or units for commercial use. Courses in this program explore automated controls, boiler units, refrigerant handling and wiring circuits and instrumentation. Students must complete 20 credit hours to earn the certificate, which can be done in three semesters.
High Pressure Boiler License Training Program
Students can enroll in this 4-course certificate program to train for Ohio's High Pressure Boiler Operators License examination. This program is intended for students who have at least five years of HVAC experience. In addition to learning about tool use and safety, students take courses in instrumentation, piping systems and boiler systems. This 12-credit program can be completed in one semester.
This certificate program does not have any admission prerequisites. The four courses in this 13-credit program can be completed in one semester. Students will learn how control systems work and are calibrated.
Test and Balance Certificate
Over two semesters, students will complete seven courses. With a combination of lectures and hands-on experience, students learn how equipment and building materials work together to provide proper operations.
Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning
Students who complete this 2-year program can work as HVAC technicians or pursue further studies at a 4-year school. Before they earn the degree, students complete coursework that explores electrical circuits, electrical load calculations, wiring systems, heating pumps and air-conditioning units. The 65-credit program requires the completion of general education courses, and students have the option to participate in a field experience as one of their technical electives.
Knox Technical Center
Part of the Knox Technical Center, the Adult Education at Knox County Career Center offers an HVAC technician program.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Program
This 685-hour HVAC/R program has a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for entry-level positions as HVAC/R technicians and/or installers. In addition to 282 hours of classroom studies, students obtain 403 hours of hands-on training at the school's labs. They learn about electrical and refrigeration theory and gain knowledge of the installation and maintenance of various HVAC/R systems. The program includes certification through the ESCO Institute for EPA certification.
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools -- the state's seventh largest career and technical district -- has two main campuses and serves 16 school districts in three counties. The school offers an HVAC/R and plumbing certificate program that includes coursework recommended by the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI).
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Plumbing Certificate
This 900-hour program can typically be completed in one year. Students learn about copper water piping design and installation, isometric drawings, field-related math, soldering/brazing techniques, blueprint reading, and installation, operation and maintenance of residential and commercial HVAC systems. Upon completion of this training, students are prepared to take the EPA 608 and R-410A certification exams, as well as the OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) 10-hour and NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification tests. Applicants must be high school graduates (or equivalent) and at least 18 years of age. Incoming students must also submit to a criminal background check.
Other School Options
Students can also find HVAC programs at the Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County in Newark, located 38.3 miles from downtown Columbus, and at Clark State Community College.