Memphis Schools for HVAC Training
Memphis has a few opportunities for students interested in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) programs. These programs, offered at two schools within five minutes or less from downtown, are designed to prepare students for entry-level HVAC technician work. This article profiles these two schools and their HVAC courses and also includes a table of information about these institutions. That table reports facts about school enrollment, costs and financial aid availability.
- One option is the William Moore College of Technology, a small 2-year school that offers vocational training through an associate degree program in air conditioning and heating. This school is less than five miles from downtown.
- Students can also find training opportunities at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis, about five miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are looking for an HVAC program need to learn various facts about the schools that offer them. The following table allows students to compare information about these two schools.
|William Moore College of Technology||Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis|
|School Type||Two-year, private, not-for-profit||Two-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||264*||843*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$6,255*||$5,692*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||68%*||78%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||64% of full-time students*||63% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began in 2014)||64%*||67%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
William Moore College of Technology
William Moore College of Technology was founded in 1909 and offers an associate degree program with HVAC training.
Associate of Applied Technology in Air Conditioning & Heating
This associate program is designed for students seeking to learn the basic service, installation and repair principles used by HVAC technicians. This two-year program is intended to prepare students for work right after graduation and is not meant to be transferred to a four-year college. Incoming students need to have a high school diploma or GED.
The program combines classroom training with hands-on learning using modern equipment in laboratories. In addition to technical training, students also take courses in technical writing, math, physics and business.
Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis
Tennessee Technology Center offers a comprehensive HVAC program that can prepare graduates to take the exams that lead to the EPA Refrigerant and HVAC Excellence Electrical Proficiency designations.
HVAC/R Technology Program
This program includes instruction on commercial and residential HVAC systems. Students are first taught about safety. Students are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to lab work and HVAC projects. The curriculum also includes instruction in electric circuits and meters, residential air conditioning and heating, troubleshooting and commercial refrigeration.
Students can choose training options at multiple levels, ranging from a 432-hour mechanic helper program to a commercial refrigeration technician program that consists of 2,160 hours. The school may have cooperative training opportunities available during the program as well.