HVAC Programs

HVAC Programs

There are many HVAC Programs but none that are universally accepted as the correct path.  This creates a multitude of options and decisions that the entry level student must make.  Everyone learns differently and not everyone has unlimited funds or unlimited time.  Following is a description of some of the options or directions you can take.

High School Vocational Programs

Some high schools in large cities have vocational HVAC Programs.  This is a virtually no cost option if available to the student.  Even if your career path is in the Mechanical Engineering field, it’s not a bad strategy to pick up a trade to help gain appreciation for the practical aspects of mechanical systems.  You might also use the job placement advantages to help put yourself through school without having massive student loans to pay back.

Vocational Schools

If you are out of school and out of the military, you may have assistance or loans available that will pay your way to attend vocational school.  Vocational HVAC Programs can vary from a two week program to a two year program.  Be aware that these vocational schools are businesses and unlike tax supported organizations must get their funds from the student.  These loans or tuition funds must be paid up front or repaid after you graduate.  If at all possible take the pay as you go route so you don’t have student loans to repay.  Also be aware that the earning potential these schools use may be exaggerated.  A top service tech can earn $30.00 + per hour but an entry level tech will have difficulty earning more than $10.00 to $12.00 per hour.  The higher wages require extensive field experience that only comes with time.

Community College
Many Public Community Colleges offer HVAC Programs.  These programs are great options for getting classroom training in the HVAC Basics.  These tax supported institutions usually have good basic programs.  If you can’t go to school full time, the classes can usually be taken while holding down a job.  Again try to minimize the loans you have to repay after graduation.

Bachelor of Science Program
Some universities offer an HVAC Program in their Mechanical Engineering School.  You will be required to complete the basics for a four year degree, and the basics for a Mechanical Engineering degree.
When you choose your HVAC Programs, take a little more time to minimize the loans you take on to complete your education.  You will be glad you paid up front or as you go.

Plan to download our Free EPA Study Guide as one of your first HVAC Programs.

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