Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) engineering involves the use of technology in providing thermal environmental comfort and high air quality to a specific environment. While much of this trade is learned in the field, there are programs available to provide foundational knowledge.
10 Schools with Refrigeration Engineering Programs
Many schools can prepare individuals for careers in HVACR, including the ten discussed below.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016, Undergraduate)|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,834 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$5,138 in-state; $11,055 out-of-state|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,184 in-state; $3,544 out-of-state|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,805 in-state; $9,450 out-of-state|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,064 in-state; $4,920 out-of-state|
|Riverside City College||Riverside, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,426 in-state; $7,366 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$9,210 in-state; $11,340 out-of-state|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,974 in-state; $8,610 out-of-state|
|Lewis-Clark State College||Lewiston, ID||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's||$7,224 in-state; $18,224 out-of-state|
Source: NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Different program levels will yield different career opportunities in the refrigeration engineering field, and not all schools offer the same opportunities. Consider the following when looking for refrigeration engineering schools:
- A certificate or associate's degree program prepares graduates to work as refrigeration technicians who do repairs and maintenance, while a bachelor's degree qualifies students for engineering jobs that involve designing HVACR systems.
- While all HVACR programs include technology courses, not every program includes courses in business management, which are important for those who wish to operate their own company or manage lower-level employees.
- Prospective refrigeration engineering students should check with potential schools to see if they offer apprenticeship programs.
- The prospective student should check with the school to be sure the program is accredited by an industry association.
When considering a HVACR program, prospective students should consider such factors as location, time commitment, and future career goals. Accredited programs with apprenticeship options are ideal.