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2021 Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools

224 Colleges
$30,328 Avg Salary
$11,782 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration School for You

In 2018-2019, 19,885 people earned a degree or certificate in heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration, making the major the #12 most popular in the United States.

Today's trade school students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 224 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for trade school students.

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2021 Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for HVACR majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Trade Schools in HVACR

#1

Northeast Technical Institute

Scarborough, ME

Our 2021 rankings named Northeast Technical Institute the best school in the United States for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Northeast Technical Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Scarborough.

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The excellent programs at Dunwoody College of Technology helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools in the United States. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Dunwoody College of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#3

Lamson Institute

San Antonio, TX

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lamson Institute. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Lamson Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of San Antonio.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Perry Technical Institute is a great place for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Perry Tech is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Yakima.

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#5

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Hennepin Technical College is a great place for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

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Institute for Business and Technology landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara, Institute for Business and Technology is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #7 on the list. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a small public school located in the city of Lancaster.

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Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford ranked #8 on this year’s Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Located in the small city of Stratford, Porter and Chester Institute is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

ETI School of Skilled Trades

Willowbrook, IL

ETI School of Skilled Trades came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools ranking. ETI is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Willowbrook.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #10 on the list. Penn College is a small public school located in the small city of Williamsport.

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#11

Great Oaks Career Campuses

Cincinnati, OH

Great Oaks Career Campuses landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Great Oaks Career Campuses is a small public school located in the large suburb of Cincinnati.

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#12

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute ranked #12 on this year’s Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

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North Dakota State College of Science did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the town of Wahpeton, North Dakota State College of Science is a public school with a small student population.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools ranking. M State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Fergus Falls.

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With a ranking of #15, Motoring Technical Training Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. MTTI is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Seekonk.

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#16

American Trade School

Saint Ann, MO

American Trade School landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. American Trade School is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Ann.

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Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the large suburb of Groveport, Eastland-Fairfield is a public school with a small student population.

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Minneapolis Community and Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #18 on the list. Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

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Bluegrass Community and Technical College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Lexington, Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#20

Johnson College

Scranton, PA

With a ranking of #20, Johnson College did quite well on this year’s best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Located in the small city of Scranton, Johnson College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Rhode Island ranked #21 on this year’s Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. NETTTS is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Pawtucket.

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Hudson Valley Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Troy, Hudson Valley Community College is a public college with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #23, New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Massachusetts did quite well on this year’s best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Located in the large suburb of North Andover, NETTTS is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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#24

Capstone College

Pasadena, CA

Capstone College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the city of Pasadena, Capstone College is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Tri-County Technical College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Pendleton, TCTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#28

Pennco Tech-Bristol

Bristol, PA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
34 MIAT College of Technology Canton, MI
35 CET-Alexandria Alexandria, VA
36 YTI Career Institute-York York, PA
37 InterCoast Colleges-Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova, CA
38 Pennco Tech-Blackwood Blackwood, NJ
39 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
40 Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY
41 Mayfield College Cathedral City, CA
42 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
43 Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka, KS
44 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration is one of 6 different types of trade school programs to choose from.

HVACR Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 19,885

Related Major Annual Graduates
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 65,998
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 9,325
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,889
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,816
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,017

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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