Arizona HVAC Training

Arizona is a hot place. Arizona can be a cold place as well. There is one education that is never going to become unpopular in our great state, and that is the guy with HVAC training, who keeps the house warm in the winter and cold in the summer. For a lot of people in the country, keeping the weather good and comfortable is desirable so they can spend a nice afternoon, or sleep better. For us having the temperature right can be a matter of life and death.

With 114 thousand square miles, with most of it desert and mountains, we have a lot of terrain to keep hot or cold.

The HVAC Schools in Arizona

The HVAC education and training requirements in Arizona are diverse and offer multiple options for people interested in the industry. There are currently 9 schools in the state that provide this type of training. These schools combined produce over 500 graduates per year. Choosing the appropriate HVAC licensing and certification in Arizona is another story.

The locations of most of the HVAC schools are in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with a few others scattered around the state. HVAC salary information in Arizona upon degree completion is also available and depends on a multitude of factors.

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              Cochise College in Douglas Arizona

              4190 W Highway 80
              Douglas, AZ 85607
              (520) 515-0500

              The tuition and fees for Cochise College for an HVAC education is right in the middle of the road for the state.
              In-state  $1,680 per year
              Out-of-state $6,960 per year
              Books and supplies  $1,000 per year

              Arizona Automotive Institute

              6829 N 46th Ave
              Glendale, AZ, 85301

              (800) 528-0717

              The estimated fees for their course is $24,000.

              Mohave Community College

              1971 Jagerson Ave
              Kingman, AZ 86409
              (928) 757-4331

              The tuition at Mohave Community College as expected from a community college, tends to be affordable for most students.

              In-state $2,016
              Out-of-state $7,488
              Books and supplies $810

              East Valley Institute of Technology

              1601 W Main St
              Mesa, AZ 85201
              (480) 461-4000

              East Valley Institute, being a private organization, has the expected higher fees that go along with it. The nice end though is that usually when there is a public school involved for a technical school, the wait time to get accepted, and get started is usually much better.

              Tuition and fees $11,069
              Books and supplies  $771

              GateWay Community College

              108 N. 40th Street
              Phoenix, AZ 85034
              (602) 392-5000

              Again with Gateway you get the public university pricing for an HVAC school, but may run into more competition getting into the seat that first day of class.

              Tuition and fees
              In-state $1,854
              Out-of-state $7,638
              Books and supplies $1,240

              Refrigeration School Inc

              4210 E Washington Street
              Phoenix, AZ 85034
              (602) 275-7133

              Again the fees for this school are higher than the rest of the state in general, so make sure to investigate to make sure you are getting value for the extra debt you will be going into, going to this school to start the trade. Before signing up for a private HVAC organization like this, I would ask some of the A/C and Heating techs in the field for their opinion.

              Tuition and fees $18,150
              Books and supplies $1,535

              Eastern Arizona College

              615 N. Stadium Ave.
              Thatcher, AZ 85552
              (928) 428-8322

              Students in the Thatcher area will benefit from a public school education that won’t set them back financially before they start school

              Tuition and fees
              In-state $1,760
              Out-of-state $8,360
              Books and supplies $850

              Pima Community College

              401 North Bonita Avenue
              Tucson, AZ 85709
              (520) 206-4500

              Another fine public institution to get your heat and cool on!

              Tuition and fees
              In-state  $1,652
              Out-of-state  $7,784
              Books and supplies $1,600

              Arizona Western College

              2020 S. Avenue 8E
              Yuma, AZ 85365
              (928) 317-6000

              Tuition and fees
              In-state $2,360
              Out-of-state $7,687
              Books and supplies $1,449

              All of these prices were accurate as best as we could determine for these schools at January 2013. If you have first hand information about any of the pricing, or other information about these schools, we would love you to contact us and keep the area clean and accurate. We don’t want any sand blowing onto our page.

              Employment Details and Pay

              At our last check, according to The Department of Labor, there were about 4,990 men and women employed in the business of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning business in Arizona. Of those, 3,460 are employed in the Mesa and Phoenix metropolitan areas.

              Across the state, the average pay for those in the industry is right around $49,000. For those who work in the big city, the pay is a little higher coming in at just under $52,000 if you work in Phoenix or Mesa.

              This comes out to $24.96 per hour for those in the Phoenix area.

              For those who do this same work in Tuscon, the average HVAC salary is $42,520 which is a very significant difference in pay compared to those fixing A/C units in Phoenix. This is $20.44 per hour as compared to the $5 more you would get per hour working in Phoenix.

              Havasu Area

              Those doing the same job in the Havasu area come in at $44,130, which is probably kept up due to the outside tourism money that pours into this little area.

              Yuma HVAC workers pay

              Yuma workers get paid  $19.47 hour and $40,510 annually. This is a much lower cost area to live. I am still surprised, after staying in Yuma recently, that they don’t have to pay more to keep people motivated to stay in Yuma. With an education like this, you can find a job in most places in the world, so I would have expected a much higher pay would be needed to keep people in Yuma. Yuma does have a surprising and fun little skatepark though where I met a Native American who leads a group of running Native Americans who do long runs across the southwest.

              Pay Rates in Other Parts of Arizona

              Flagstaff, AZ: $20.58 hour  $42,810 annual
              Prescott, AZ: $20.16 hour  $41,930 annual
              North Arizona Non-metro: $19.69  $40,960
              South Arizona Non-metro: $16.09  $33,470

              There is a consistent pattern in this with the areas with a larger population making more than those in the less dense areas, with of course the exception of Havasu.