West Virginia HVAC Training

West Virginia HVAC Training

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia is essentially a mountainous state. Though the elevations and rough terrain temper down near the Ohio and Shenandoah rivers, the climate in the state is frequently subject to change. Summers in the south are largely warm and humid and the winters are cool, though the elevation can make some areas vulnerable to extreme cold. So how exactly does this help someone who has just graduated out of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) school? You guessed right. Heating and cooling both residential and commercial spaces in the State of West Virginia is a basic necessity. There is, therefore, a high demand for professionals who can install, modify, repair and maintain heating, cooling and air conditioning equipment.

If you live in the State of West Virginia and are interested in learning new skills and making a career in the HVAC industry, you’ll find all the information you need on this page.

HVAC Schools in West Virginia

There are numerous HVAC education and training programs available for professionals in the State of West Virginia. At the present moment, there are eight institutions that offer HVAC training programs for high school students and adults.

Typically, students enroll into a certificate, diploma or degree program that may span anywhere between 11 months and 2 years. Upon completion of the program, graduates can begin working on HVAC systems and equipment under the supervision of an HVAC licensed contractor. To obtain an HVAC license a person must meet the licensing and certification requirements stipulated by the West Virginia Division of Labor.

HVAC schools in West Virginia are located primarily in the Charleston and Huntington regions, with a couple of schools located in Martinsburg and a community college up north in Wheeling/New Martinsville. Following is a list of HVAC schools in the Mountain State.

 

Ben Franklin Career & Technical Education Center

500 28th St

Charleston, WV 25304

304-766-0369

http://benfranklinctc.weebly.com/

Located in Charleston in the heart of Kanawha Valley off the interstate 64, this school offers full-time evening courses as well as half-day courses for adults and high school students. The following prices are based on 1320 clock hours of training at Ben Franklin.

Tuition: $2970

Books and Supplies: $415

Lab Fee: $475

Miscellaneous fees: $180

 

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

13650 Apple Harvest Dr

Martinsburg, WV 25403

304-260-4380

http://www.blueridgectc.edu/

This school, located in Martinsburg towards the far east of the state, offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology at a fairly competitive price. The schools is also reasonably accommodative towards transfer of credits; a cost-effective way to seeking higher qualifications.

Per Credit hour

West Virginia Students: $143

Out-of-State Students: $258

Students currently in high school are eligible for reduced tuition rates.

 

Cabell County Career Technology Center

2850 5th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25702

304-528-5000

http://www.cabellcountyschools.com/

Cabell County School’s Career Technology Center offers certificate courses in HVAC for adults and high school students. Class sizes may be limited, so be sure to check in early to take advantage of the favorably priced 1-year HVAC Technician program or the 8-month HVAC Technician Advanced program.

HVAC Technician program:

Tuition: $4,200.00

Lab Fee: $700.00

Textbooks: $422.00

Tests: $50.00 each

HVAC Technician Advanced program (prior HVAC certification necessary):

Tuition: $2,940.00

Lab Fee: $600.00

Tests: $50.00 each

 

Carver Career & Technical Center

4799 Midland Dr

Charleston, WV 25306

304-348-1965

http://www.carvercareercenter.edu/

One of the biggest benefits of attending the adult or secondary HVAC programs at this school is the access to the WVDE Simulated WorkPlace. A hands-on approach to the inner workings of an HVAC company won’t set you back by much either.

HVAC Technology Program (Adult): $5,897 (all inclusive)

HVAC Technology (Secondary): $2,687 (plus $500 for tools)

 

James Rumsey Technical Institute

3274 Hedgesville Rd

Martinsburg, WV 25403

304-754-7925

http://www.jamesrumsey.com/

The HVAC/R program run by James Rumsey is specially designed for adult students. There are four major units of study on offer with an equally divided emphasis on theory and lab and in-class projects. The undergraduate certificate program is completed in two semesters and is fairly inexpensive with regards to overall program costs.

Total Cost In-State (including books, fees and tools): $4,861

Total Cost Out-of-State (including books, fees and tools): $5,121

 

Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center

144 Vocational Road

Logan, WV  25601

304-752-4687

http://www.rrw.logancountyschoolswv.com/

Located on the Three Mile Curve between Man and Logan, Ralph R. Willis offers programs tailor made for high school students from the Chapmanville Regional High, Man High, and Logan High schools. Adult programs are also available. The latest costs for attending the HVAC program for the 2015/16 academic year can be obtained by contacting the school directly.

 

West Virginia Northern Community College

1704 Market St

Wheeling, WV 26003

304-233-5900

http://www.wvncc.edu/

An Associate in Applied Science Degree from a well-known institute like WVNCC will not only help you land a job right out of college, but it can also prepare you to manage your HVAC career more effectively. The program can be taken at both the Wheeling and the New Martinsville Campus, though the former is better equipped with lab and on-the-job training facilities. An early-entrance rate offered by WVNCC also makes it a highly affordable option.

Estimated totals for 12 to 18 credits per semester

In-state rate: $1,395

Out-of-sate rate: $4,143

Metro rate: $2,967

Early-entrance rate: $1,203

 

Putnam Career & Technical Center

300 Roosevelt Blvd

Eleanor, WV 25070

304-586-3494

http://www.pctc.edu/

Located not far from the bustling city of Charleston, West Virginia, Putnam Career and Technical Center offers a range of options to students enrolled in their HVAC program. Tuition is calculated at the rate of $2.75 per clock hour, and the program requires approximately 1,080 hours over a two-year period.

 

36 weeks (full-time student) 1080 hours: $2,970

(Not including supplies & materials, lab fees, safety equipment, exam and registration fees, etc.)

 

Employment and Pay

According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, at least 1,360 people were employed in the HVAC industry in the State of West Virginia at the end of 2014. The average pay for an HVAC professional in the state is approximately $36,000 with an average hourly pay of $17. HVAC salaries in terms of the annual and average hourly pay rates differ depending on the county or city where you are located.

Pay rates in one of the most densely populated areas in the state, Charleston, for instance, stand at $21 per hour, which translates to roughly $43,000 in annual income. This is the highest pay rate in the state, which in a way also indicates that the demand for HVAC professionals is the highest in Kanawha County.

Wheeling in Ohio County and the Hagerstown-Martinsburg area have nearly the same hourly rate as Charleston, while Huntington and Morgantown have an hourly pay rate of $17, the same as the state’s average.

Some other areas in the state along with their hourly and annual wage information are as below:

Parkersburg: $16 per hour and $33,000 per year.

Cumberland: $19 per hour and $40,000 per year.

Steubenville-Weirton: $18 per hour and $38,000 per year.

Winchester: $20 per hour and $42,000 per year.