Raleigh HVAC School Overviews with Program Options

Nov 04, 2018

The Raleigh, North Carolina, area has two colleges that offer HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) programs within 35 miles of downtown. Learn about the program types and requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

HVAC Programs in Raleigh

Within 40 minutes of the city center, students interested in HVAC training have a couple of options in the Raleigh area. Read about the coursework requirements for the programs at two schools, and look over the table featuring information on campus settings, enrollment numbers and other statistics.

  • Wake Technical Community College, located about five miles from downtown Raleigh, offers several HVAC programs at the certificate, diploma and associate's degree levels.
  • Located in nearby Smithfield, NC, Johnston Community College is roughly 24 miles from central Raleigh. Prospective students interested in pursuing training for a career in HVAC can earn a certificate, diploma or associate's degree.

Comparison of Schools

Learn more about the featured institutions by checking out the table below to get information on graduation rates, tuition, retention rates and more.

Wake Technical Community College Johnston Community College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 22,494* 4,152*
Campus Setting Large suburb Fringe rural
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $2,768 in-state; $8,912 out-of-state* $2,657 in-state; $8,801 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 44%* 60%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open Admissions N/A - Open Admissions
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 70% for full-time students* 62% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students who started 2014) 16%* 37%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Wake Technical Community College

Wake Technical Community College (WTCC) is a 2-year public school located less than ten miles from downtown Raleigh. The school's HVAC program is certified by the North American Technician Excellence, Inc.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Certificate

This 18-credit-hour residential program prepares students to work on HVAC systems in private homes. Electronic wiring, basic heating sources, air conditioners, control systems and standard maintenance procedures are addressed in the 5-course curriculum. The program also emphasizes the installation and repair of such systems.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Diploma

Students who want to expand their HVAC knowledge to include both household and light commercial systems can enroll in this 39-credit-hour program. The course sequence includes all the classes offered in the certificate program, but also covers refrigeration, ducts, building codes and heat pumps for both air and water sources.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Commercial Refrigeration Certificate

For those students seeking a career in the commercial sector of the industry, WTCC offers an air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration technology commercial certificate program. Coursework includes introductory refrigeration, hydronic heating, chiller systems, heating technology and HVACR electricity. The program consists of 14 credits hours of coursework.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Design Certificate

The design certificate provides instruction and training focusing on both commercial as well as residential systems. Students learn about heating technology, comfort cooling, and residential building codes as well as commercial system design and residential system design. Coursework includes training on both design principles and concepts as well as learning about the codes used during installation. This program requires the completion of 13 credits hours of coursework.

Associate of Applied Science in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology

The 72-credit-hour degree program includes all of the subjects in the diploma and certificate programs for HVAC. It also expands students' knowledge of available equipment and the balanced use of such equipment. Advanced subjects include commercial climate control, system design and state-of-the art HVAC technology such as automation systems. General education courses in English, physics and other topics are also required.

Johnston Community College

Johnston Community College is located about 25 miles southeast of Raleigh. The school serves over 15,000 students annually and provides over 40 career programs that include training in the field of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Certificate

This certificate program ranges from 10-13 credit-hours, depending on a student's specialization. Focused tracks include commercial building automation, heat pumps, controls, comfort cooling, servicing and year-round systems (such as oil, electric and gas heaters).

Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Diploma

This is a broad, 2-semester survey of HVAC topics with a few general education classes in math and English. Core courses address refrigeration, heating, comfort cooling, customer relations, servicing and other topics.

Associate in Applied Science in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology

Graduates of this 70-credit-hour program are expected to have a wide knowledge of HVAC equipment and know how to balance a variety of systems. This program includes courses found in the diploma program but also delves into advanced subjects, such as hydronic heating systems, HVAC design and system diagnostics. Extensive general education courses in business, communication, industrial safety and other topics fill out the curriculum.

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