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Refrigeration Engineering School and University Options in the U.S.

The most relevant degree program for prospective refrigeration engineers is in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR). These programs are available at the certificate and associate's and bachelor's degree levels; each program prepares students for different aspects of the refrigeration business.

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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.

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