Tampa HVAC Schools
The Tampa area has at least three schools that offer HVAC training programs. Most programs include refrigeration instruction as well. This article looks at those schools and the certificate programs they offer. It also includes a table of facts about each school, such as size and program costs. This information is useful to individuals who are trying to decide which school is best for them.
- Erwin Technical College is located right in downtown Tampa and offers a certificate to prospective heating, AC and refrigeration professionals.
- Approximately 41 miles from Tampa's city center, Manatee Technical College has a certificate program in AC, refrigeration and heating technology.
- Pinellas Technical Education Center also has a certificate program in AC, refrigeration and heating technology. This school is 25 miles from downtown Tampa.
Comparison of Schools
The following table may help prospective students determine which of these three schools would be their best option. It presents vital information in a format that makes it easy to compare these institutions.
|Erwin Technical College||Manatee Technical College||Pinellas Technical Education Center|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||1,015*||803*||764*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$5,249.93 program cost**||$5,160***||$2,190*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||68%*||88%*||94%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||81%*||80%*||78%*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in 2014-2015)||72%*||54%*||58%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Erwin Technical Center, ***Manatee Technical College
Erwin Technical College
Tampa's Erwin Technical College offers an array of vocational and technical training. This school is a part of the Hillsborough County Public School System, and students will find programs in business, healthcare, industry, and design. The school also offers training for aspiring heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians.
Air Conditioning (Heating, AC, and Refrigeration) Program
Students may enroll in a training program that can help prepare them for entry-level work as an HVAC technician. This program is available in the evening or during the day. The daytime program takes 15 months to complete, while the night program takes two years. Students take a combination of classroom instruction and lab training. They also have the opportunity to complete independent study projects.
Manatee Technical College
Manatee Technical College is located approximately 40 miles away from Tampa Bay. This school boasts a 30-acre campus and offers career training during the day and in the evening. The school also offers continuing education and online courses in addition to traditional campus-based programs. Students interested in HVAC training will find a certificate program that can help them prepare for a career in the field.
Certificate in AC, Refrigeration and Heating Technology
Manatee Technical Institute offers a certificate program for prospective HVAC technicians. Depending on the number of hours of training a student has, they can prepare for work as helpers, mechanic assistants, and mechanics. Courses in this program include training in energy management and transport refrigeration. Additionally, the school offers EPA certification and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification.
Pinellas Technical Education Center
Pinellas Technical Education Center operates out of both Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida. Between the two campuses, the school offers 60 programs in 40 professional fields. Students interested in HVAC training will find a certificate program offered at the school's St. Petersburg campus.
Certificate in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Technology
Students interested beginning a career in the HVAC field can train through Pinellas Technical Education Center. This school provides training to prospective HVAC mechanics, assistants and helpers. Students learn how to handle fossil fuels, machine preventative maintenance, and the installation of HVAC equipment. This program helps prepare students for EPA certification and NCCER certification.