Minneapolis Schools with HVAC Programs
Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to several community and technical colleges that offer heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) training and instruction. Most programs also include refrigeration courses. Students learn through classes and hands-on experience. This article looks at three schools that are 20 minutes or less from downtown Minneapolis and at the HVAC programs they offer. There is also a table of information, including school size, costs and the graduation rate, that can be useful when selecting a school. Information about one more area institution with an HVAC program is included at the end of the article.
- Less than a mile from downtown, Minneapolis Community and Technical College offers diploma and associate's degree programs in HVAC-R.
- Hennepin Technical College, about 15 miles from the city center, offers a diploma program in residential HVAC, a diploma program in commercial HVAC-R and an associate's degree program in HVAC-R.
- Dunwoody College of Technology offers a variety of certificate and associate's degree programs in HVAC, including systems servicing and installation. It is only two miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
This table contains information that a prospective student should know when selecting a school.
|Minneapolis Community and Technical College||Hennepin Technical College||Dunwoody College of Technology|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,486*||5,078*||1,301*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$5,396*||$5,198*||$21,610*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||81%*||75%*||88%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||73%|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||56% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students*||67% for full-time students; 46% for part-time students*||82% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||16% (23% transfer-out rate) (2014 start date)*||30% (11% transfer-out rate) (2014 start date)*||64% (1% transfer-out rate) (2011 start date)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is the largest school in Minneapolis with an HVAC program. Located downtown, the school offers diploma, certificate and associate's degree programs, including a wide variety of career programs. MCTC's HVAC-R programs add refrigeration to the basic HVAC studies.
Diploma in HVAC-R
The HVAC-R diploma program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College requires 51 credits and includes an internship. The HVAC-R program also includes a significant amount of electrical training. Students entering the program should have strong manual dexterity and the physical strength and stamina to perform the work necessary to train for this diploma.
Associate of Applied Science in HVAC-R
The 72-credit associate's degree program in HVAC-R trains students in residential and commercial HVAC-R systems through coursework and hands-on laboratory experience. Students take courses in HVAC and refrigeration controls, HVAC rooftop systems and HVAC sheet metal. Students also complete internships.
Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is located just outside Minneapolis in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The lower tuition and fees provide a good value to students who wish to receive the necessary training to begin a career in HVAC. Five full-time instructors teach students the skills necessary to work in the residential and commercial HVAC fields.
Diploma in Residential HVAC
Students in the diploma program in residential HVAC learn the skills to install and troubleshoot the newest and most advanced residential air handling units. In addition to mastering technical skills, individuals also sharpen interpersonal communication and mathematics skills. The curriculum includes courses in basic refrigeration, service call completion and hydronic heat systems.
Diploma in Commercial HVAC-R
The diploma program in commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration prepares students to work on large-scale systems in supermarkets, restaurants and other large buildings. Before entering the program, students must either have two years of professional HVAC experience or have completed the residential HVAC program at HTC, and 36 credit hours are required to earn this diploma.
Associate of Applied Science in HVAC-R
Students in HTC's associate's degree program are required to complete 72 credits including coursework on residential and commercial HVAC-R. Technical training equips students with the skills to install and repair HVAC units and prepares them for careers as installers, service technicians, HVAC designers and more. Coursework includes central air conditioning, gas heat systems, commercial ice making machines and electrical circuits, as well as nine credits of general education courses.
Dunwoody College of Technology
Located within the city of Minneapolis, Dunwoody College of Technology is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit school serving just over 1,000 students. The school's HVAC program is offered through the Building Design, Construction and Service Technology Department and is accredited by HVAC Excellence.
Certificate in HVAC Installation
The certificate program at Dunwoody College of Technology prepares students for employment as service technicians, shop workers and other HVAC professions. Individuals in the program take courses in ducts and fittings, welding and pattern development. The program takes one year to complete.
Associate of Applied Science in HVAC Installation and Residential Service
This program prepares students to install and service HVAC systems. Students learn how to read blueprints, troubleshoot air handling systems and perform load calculations. The program prepares graduates for entry-level jobs with strong communication and critical-thinking skills.
Associate of Applied Science in HVACR Systems Servicing
The associate's degree program in HVACR systems servicing provides entry-level training in residential, industrial and commercial HVACR systems. Courses cover electrical circuits, heating systems, cooling systems, HVAC control concept and building systems operations. In addition to HVACR coursework, students also receive training in general education subjects including algebra, social science and the humanities.
Other School Options
Century College, located approximately 19 miles from downtown Minneapolis in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, also offers HVAC programs leading to a diploma, certificates and an associate's degree.