Although community colleges and technical schools that offer specific programs in radiator repair and automotive air conditioning are limited, students can gain these skills in the umbrella programs of automotive technology degree programs and certifications. These programs prepare aspiring automotive technicians to diagnose and repair automotive problems, including radiators and air conditioning. "U.S. News & World Report" and Webometrics rank the best radiator repair and automotive air conditioning schools based on a number of criteria, including technology, facilities and hands-on experiences.
The Community College of Baltimore County
Located in Maryland, Community College of Baltimore County offers an Associate in Applied Science in automotive technology and an automotive heating and air conditioning certificate program. In addition to learning in state-of-the-art automotive facilities with advanced equipment, students have the unique opportunity to gain more experience in radiator repair and automotive heating and cooling diagnosis with off-campus fieldwork. CCBC’s comprehensive automotive and air conditioning certificate program includes the service procedures, system purging, charging, component replacement, testing and evacuation of automotive heating and air conditioning systems.
Chipola College in Marianna, Florida
The Automotive Service Technology program at Chipola College provides training in a state-of-the-art campus auto facility. Students have an opportunity to work with cutting-edge simulators, diagnostic equipment and software related to radiator and air conditioning systems. The program combines hands-on laboratory training along with classroom instruction. Students gain the skills and knowledge to pass the nationally recognized Automotive Service Excellence Certification Examinations. Training is in-depth and covers braking systems, heating and air conditioning systems, engine repair and electronic systems.
Study at Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota, offers an Associate in Applied Science for automotive technician along with individual certificates for specialties in engines, HVAC and brakes. Courses in the two-year program include basic automotive electricity in air conditioning and radiator systems, auto electronic systems, advanced chassis systems and fuel system diagnostics and repair. Instruction includes demonstrations, computer applications, hands-on car repair and classroom theory. DCTC also offers a unique certificate program in cooperation with General Motors. Labs are equipped with the latest GM technology, training aids, vehicles and technical information.
Get Certified at Butte College
Located in Oroville, California, Butte College offers an Automotive Certificate of Achievement and an Associate in Applied Science for automotive technology. The certificate program is ideal for students who want to take classes in specialized employment preparatory courses to become automotive technicians in radiator service and air conditioning service. The two-year degree program offers training in modern and well-equipped labs where students can learn practical skills. The goal is to develop proficient entry-level technicians who have strong skills in both modern system service procedures and principles of operation.
Based in Raleigh, Deborah Vanden Heuvel has been writing education-related articles since 2010. She holds a Master of Science in elementary education and special education. Vanden Heuvel is currently working on an e-book on how educators can avoid the perils of teaching.