Program at Dulaney High introduces students to a thriving trade - HVAC
Currently, over 100 students are enrolled in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) two-year program at Dulaney High School. It is the only program of its kind in Baltimore County as well as the only one of the state’s 13 similar programs offered at a non-technical high school.
Dulaney students have HVAC, engineering and technology education classes to choose from.
The program was originally housed at Hereford High School and had seven students the first semester back in 2011. The course soon outgrew the space at Hereford and moved to Dulaney High later in the year. In the time since, enrollment has grown almost fifteen-fold.
Program graduates are recognized as second-year apprentices by the industry, and with three more years of training, they can work as licensed journeymen anywhere in the United States.
Schools nationwide are adding trades education programs to meet the industry’s need for skilled workers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HVAC field is projected to have 14 percent employment growth through 2024. The pay range for HVAC technicians ranges from $13 to over $34 per hour and with overtime workers can double or triple that amount.