Baltimore, MD, Schools with HVAC Programs
HVAC training programs should provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as HVAC technicians and installers. This article looks at three public schools, none much more than a half-hour's drive from downtown Baltimore, and the HVAC training programs they offer. Most programs include refrigeration as well as HVAC courses. Also in this article is a table of information about the schools, including school size, tuition, graduation rates and the availability of financial aid.
- The Community College of Baltimore County is at the heart of downtown and offers a basic HVAC certificate.
- Located about 29 miles from downtown, Anne Arundel Community College offers an HVAC technician/apprenticeship program.
- Finally, Montgomery College offers both a postsecondary HVAC program and an HVAC program for high school students interested in the trade. It is about 33 miles from downtown Baltimore.
Comparison of Schools
When choosing a school for their training, individuals should consider many factors. The following table compiles important information in a format that makes it easy to compare these schools.
|Community College of Baltimore County||Anne Arundel Community College||Montgomery College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||19,349||13,354||22,875|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $4,022 in-district
| $4,646 in-district
| $4,974 in-district
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||74%||39%||66%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A Open admissions||N/A Open admissions||N/A Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*|| 48% for full-time students
40% for part-time students
| 72% for full-time students
53% for part-time students
| 75% for full-time students
55% for part-time students
|Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2014)*||12% (16% transfer-out rate)||20% (27% transfer-out rate)||23% (23% transfer-out rate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Community College of Baltimore County
The Community College of Baltimore County's Continuing Education and Economic Development Department offers courses in information technology, health and human services, business, law, communications and fitness. In addition to a basic HVAC certificate, students can also pursue an advanced certificate in the field and alternative energy certification. Courses are also available that will prepare individuals for state and professional certifications.
Basic HVAC Certificate
Students in this program complete hands-on activities with heat pump, refrigeration, oil and gas systems. In order to earn the certificate, students must complete six courses in basic HVAC electricity, heating systems, comfort cooling systems, fundamentals of refrigeration and HVAC tools and methods. These courses will educate students through equipment used in the field and computer simulation software. Students will study the basics of oil- and gas-fired furnaces, explore refrigerant recovery and regulations and learn how to set up an air conditioning system.
In addition to the six basic HVAC certificate courses, students who want to earn the advanced certificate must complete courses in residential load calculations, advanced HVAC electricity and EPA refrigerant certification. The alternative energy certification also requires that students earn the basic HVAC certificate and complete additional courses in residential load calculations, advanced HVAC electricity, EPA refrigerant certification, alternative and renewable energy sources and energy control strategies and techniques.
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College offers degree, certificate and continuing education courses in the areas of arts and sciences, health professions, business, computing and continuing and professional studies. The HVAC technician program at the school is offered in conjunction with All-State Career. Four-year apprenticeships are also available in plumbing, electricity and HVAC.
HVACR Technician Program
Consisting of 16 non-credit courses, the HVAC training program can be completed in 960 hours. Required courses include basic refrigeration, fundamentals of electricity, mechanical controls, commercial refrigeration, heating, air conditioning and duct design. Upon completion of the HVAC training program, students are eligible to sit for the EPA's refrigerant transition and recovery certification examination. Students will be able to pursue entry-level employment as HVAC technicians at commercial and residential sites.
The HVAC apprenticeship program requires that students complete 144 hours of classroom work and 2,000 hours of field training. The program is sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors and approved through the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Council.
Montgomery College is a 2-year, public school with three campuses and a continuing education/workforce development department. Through its division of building trades technologies, the school offers an HVAC certificate program. It also offers HVAC training through its Tech Prep program for high school students.
Consisting of 24 credit hours, this program prepares students to work on and install HVAC systems for the construction and building industries. Courses cover heating systems, HVAC electricity, air conditioning systems, refrigeration and blueprint reading. Students can apply their certificate credits towards an associate's degree in building trades technology.