Air Conditioning Schools in NJ with Course and Program Overviews

Nov 20, 2018

Research air conditioning programs in New Jersey, which currently has 13 schools offering these studies. Read overviews of the degree and certificate programs and get some quick facts for two NJ schools to decide which program is right for you.

NJ Schools with Air Conditioning Programs

Students interested in learning about air conditioning repair and maintenance can find certificate and associate's degree program available at several New Jersey community colleges and technical institutes. In addition to covering air conditioning systems, most of these programs also prepare students to work with refrigeration and heating equipment. Two community colleges and their air conditioning programs are described below. Learn details regarding the types of courses taken and the number of credits earned in these programs. Get helpful facts about each school in the table.

  • Raritan Valley Community College is located in the town of Branchburg, NJ. Students can earn a 2-year degree in environmental control technology or a certificate in HVAC/R installation.
  • Mercer County Community College offers both a certificate and a degree program in air conditioning technology. The school is centrally located in the town of West Windsor, NJ.

Comparison of Schools

When considering an air conditioning program, you might wish to take a deeper look at all a school has to offer before making your decision. Read below for facts and statistics reflecting each school's tuition, graduation and retention rates, financial aid availability and population.

Raritan Valley Community College Mercer County Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 8,079 7,630
Campus Setting Rural Rural
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $4,416 (in-district)
$5,376 (in-state)
$5,376 (out-of-state)
$3,900 (in-district)
$5,088 (in-state)
$7,248 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 45% 55%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions policy) 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 73% 65%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started in 2014)* 26% 20%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Raritan Valley Community College

Raritan Valley Community College is a 2-year, coeducational school providing roughly 90 certificate, associate's degree and customized programs. It enrolls more than 8,000 students each year.

HVAC/R Technician and Installer Certificate

This program is two semesters long and will prepare students to work with HVAC systems. Students will study air conditioning systems, as well as heating systems, environmental controls, residential HVAC systems, electricity and energy as it relates to the environment. During the 31 credits of coursework, student will gain hands-on experience dealing with the latest in HVAC tools and equipment, as well as reading schematics.

Associate of Applied Science in Environmental Control Technology

The AAS in Environmental Control Technology program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become technicians, salespeople or contractors in the field of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning (HRAC) and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Individuals enrolled in the 62-credit program learn the basics of air conditioning control systems, HVAC theory, electricity, HVAC design and estimating. Some specific course topics include air conditioning systems design, refrigeration and residential HVAC controls.

Mercer County Community College

Mercer County Community College is a 2-year public school offering credit and non-credit courses to more than 7,500 students annually. More than 35% of all graduates from Mercer County Community College go on to transfer to a 4-year university or senior college, according to the school.

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certificate of Proficiency

Mercer County Community College offers a Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certificate program for individuals who are interested in learning how to install, troubleshoot and repair HRAC systems. In order to enroll in the certificate program, students must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent and must have passed relevant course in applied mathematics. The part-time program includes courses in the principles of refrigeration and air conditioning, concepts of heating and cooling systems, control systems and electronics fundamentals.

Associate in Applied Science in Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Students interested in studying HRAC systems at Mercer County Community College can also enroll in an associate's degree program in heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. The 2-year program prepares individuals for advanced roles in the HRAC industry. Graduates might become service supervisors, service representatives or laboratory technicians. In addition to core heating, refrigeration and air conditioning courses, students in the associate's degree program must also study heavy and light commercial systems, technical mathematics and physical science.

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