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HVAC Controls Schools and Programs

Updated on July 15, 2010


HVAC ( Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) controls automate particular components of heating and cooling system. All heating and cooling systems have controls that tell the system to turn on and off based on set parameters. Thermostats are the main control methods for a home heating and cooling system. Commercial and industrial controls consist of multiple controllers and sensors that supply a computer program with information that regulates the system. The people that work on these systems are HVAC control technicians. The designers are HVAC control engineers. The scholastic requirements for each are different as technician programs are two to three years and engineering programs are four years.

DeVry University

DeVry offers HVAC technician programs which prepare students for the overall maintenance of HVAC equipment. A portion of this training is HVAC controls based as technicians need to be able to work on the computer programs that dictate the functions of HVAC controls systems. These are typically two to three year associate programs.

DeVry offers a mechanical engineering program that has a strong focus on HVAC design and system implementation. Controls programing and installation is a large part of this program along with sufficient training with AutoCad blueprint and design software. This program is a 4 year program.

DeVry University is a mixed learning university where some classes are on-line based and some are classroom based. Depending on your geographic location to a DeVry school, this may or may not be a good option for you if this is the educational path you are choosing. You can contact DeVry University at 1-866-DEVRY-34.

ITT Technical Institute

ITT Technical Institute offers on site educational opportunities for HVAC technicians and basic HVAC C++ programing certifications.

The HVAC technician program is a two to three year program that prepares students for the repair and maintenance of industrial HVAC equipment. HVAC controls is a generous portion of this program as the controls for industrial applications are significant in capacity.

C++ is the computer programing language that most computer programs are written in. This certification program is a two year associates program. Because HVAC controls is often in C++ programing form, this is a very beneficial degree that can be utilized in the field or as a programmer of HVAC controls in an office setting.

For more information, you can contact ITT Technical Institute at 1-800-ITT-Tech.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University has one of the best engineering departments in the United States and continues to produce quality minded engineers. The mechanical engineering program will prepare students for the design and implementation of HVAC systems and controls in almost any building. These are four year degree programs that are on site.

For more information about the opportunities at Michigan State University, call (517) 355-8332.


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