Oregon HVAC Training

Getting a good training at HVAC starts with one of the HVAC schools in Oregon. You have the benefit of working both indoors and outdoors at ever-changing work environments while creating an optimal environment for businesses and residences. HVAC training and education can open the door to a technical profession that may carry you to retirement.

Whether battling the elements along the coast or sheltered by the forests covering half of our beautiful state, we have a need for well-trained HVAC professionals.

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The HVAC Schools in Oregon

There are seven schools in Oregon offering education and training in the HVAC industry. These programs prepare student to pursue the necessary HVAC certification to work as an HVAC technician or installer. Programs and apprenticeships may offer a combination of study and job training.

For people who do not live in Portland, Salem, or another city where an HVAC school is located, distance learning is another education option. HVAC salary information in Oregon for entry-level positions is an important factor in evaluating HVAC training programs.

HVAC School Listings in Oregon

Linn-Benton Community College

2000 W. Oak St.
Lebanon, OR 97355
(541) 917-4602

The tuition and fees for this associate degree program is $10,993.

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Institute of Technology-Salem

4700 Silverton Road
Northeast Salem, OR 97305
(888) 319-7180


The tuition and fees for HVAC certification through the Institute of Technology combines classroom study with hands-on training.

Tuition and fees (including books and supplies) $17,975

Portland Community College-Cascade Campus

705 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 978-5650

HVAC installation training at Portland Community College is an affordable program.

Tuition and fees $2,485
Books and supplies $260

Chemeketa Community College

4000 Lancaster Dr. NE
Salem, OR 97309
(503) 339-7070

Chemeketa Community College’s four-year apprentice program is an affordable way to get on-the-job training as an HVAC/R technician or installer.

In-state $4,888

Out-of-state $13,312


Northwest College of Construction

81111 N.E. Holman Street
Portland, OR 97218
(800) 309-1442


If you are a member of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, Associated General Contractors (AGC), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), or National Utility Contractors Associations (NUCA), you receive discounts on trade training at Northwest College of Construction. Four HVAC training programs provide increasing levels of knowledge. The first step towards becoming an installer or technician is HVAC Level 1 training with fees shown below:

Member tuition and fees $630

Member books and supplies $200

Nonmember tuition and fees $656

Nonmember books and supplies $286


We provided the most accurate HVAC education costs for Oregon as of December 2014. We are always happy to receive up-to-date pricing. We know that cost is an important factor in evaluating HVAC education programs, and we try to keep this information current.

Employment Details and Pay

The State of Oregon Employment Department estimated there were 2,675 mechanics and installers employed in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration in 2012. The field was expected to add another 477 jobs over the next decade, which would keep pace with the average growth rate for total employment in Oregon.

Oregon residents working in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration earned an average annual pay of $50,065 in 2014. The average hourly pay was $24.07, with inexperienced workers typically earning $13 to $16 hour. In addition to job skills, the size of the city and cost of living affected earnings.

For HVAC professionals working in and around Tillamook, St. Helens, and Astoria; the average pay dropped down to $39,000 a year. By comparison, HVAC workers in the cities of Portland and Hillsboro averaged the highest hourly pay. There experienced mechanics and installers earned as much as $43 an hour.

Eugene Area

HVAC professionals in the Eugene area had the highest average annual pay of $54,308 in 2014.

Mount Hood HVAC workers pay

HVAC workers located along the western side of Mount Hood earn nearly as much as the Eugene area, averaging $54,180 a year. The region stretches northeast of Salem to southeast of Portland. At a height of 11, 239 feet, Mount Hood beckons skiers and others seeking outdoor recreation. I enjoyed my ski trip to Mount Hood and thought it offered a nice alternative to the high prices of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts in Northern California. I can understand why the area is a desirable place to live, leading to a higher cost of living.

Pay Rates in Other Parts of Oregon

Salem, OR: $20.83 hour $43,330 annual
Medford, OR: $19.80 hour  $41,190 annual
North Central Oregon Non-metro: $21.11  $43,900
Coastal Oregon Non-metro: $23.55  $48,970

These U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics from May 2013 demonstrate that major urban centers tend to pay a higher wage than less populated cities, such as Medford. However, it was possible to earn higher wages in non-metropolitan areas around Salem.