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How will your HVAC education stack up?

If you want to study HVAC at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 673 brick and mortar HVAC schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have HVAC programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Oakland City University - located in Oakland City, Indiana
  2. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska
  3. Nichols Career Center - located in Jefferson City, Missouri

Student Demographics

In 2010, certificates in HVAC were earned by 25,521 students in the US. Of these students, 22,990 graduated from certificate programs in HVAC and 2,531 graduated from undergraduate programs in HVAC.

Academics

Students can pursue education in HVAC at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Hvac
  • Certificate in Hvac

The skills and/or knowledge that HVAC students can expect to gain during the course of their HVAC education are:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Time Management
  • Electricity
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Troubleshooting

Cost

In 2010, HVAC schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $9,872 per year. The HVAC schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Penn Commercial Business/Technical School - located in Washington, Pennsylvania, students paid $20,000
  2. Oakland City University - located in Oakland City, Indiana, students paid $15,410
  3. Dean Institute of Technology - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $10,000

The HVAC schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Monongalia County Technical Education Center - located in Morgantown, West Virginia, students paid $1,050
  2. Cabell County Career Technology Center - located in Huntington, West Virginia, students paid $3,500
  3. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910

How will your HVAC job compare?

A large number of HVAC majors work as heating and air conditioning mechanics after graduation. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 224,320 heating and air conditioning mechanics. The following states have the largest number of heating and air conditioning mechanics:

  1. Texas - 18,920 Heating And Air Conditioning Mechanics
  2. Florida - 17,890 Heating And Air Conditioning Mechanics
  3. California - 15,870 Heating And Air Conditioning Mechanics

Projected Growth

The number of heating and air conditioning mechanics is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Oklahoma - 39%
  2. Nebraska - 37%
  3. Utah - 37%

Salary

Heating and air conditioning mechanics in the US can make an average of $41,647 per year. However, factors such as your boss, location, or location can cause the salary for a heating and air conditioning mechanic to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of heating and air conditioning mechanics earn less than $15,910 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $119,280 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a heating and air conditioning mechanic:

  1. Alaska - $57,960 per year
  2. Washington DC - $57,720 per year
  3. Hawaii - $55,080 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for heating and air conditioning mechanics are:

  1. West Virginia - $33,100 per year
  2. Mississippi - $33,530 per year
  3. Idaho - $36,320 per year

 
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HVAC?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 224,320 $44,860 -7.1%