Only three schools in or within ten miles of Oklahoma City, OK, provide programs in HVAC technology. Of the three, one is a for-profit institution. Based on student population, school type and total number of awards granted, the following school is considered a top school for HVAC technology in Oklahoma City:
- Winner: Metro Technology Centers is the only institution located directly in Oklahoma City that offers residential HVAC installer and HVAC technician programs. Based on student population, it is the largest school in the Oklahoma City area with this type of program.
School Info Chart
|Category||Metro Technology Centers|
|Location||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $6,654*|
|HVAC Technology Programs Offered||Less than one year and one to less-than-two-year certificates|
|HVAC Technology Certificates Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||31*|
|Most Popular HVAC Technology Award in 2012-2013||One- to less-than-two-year certificate (21 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010-11 Entering Class||63%*|
|Noteworthy||Accredited by the Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma State Board of Education and the North Central Association-Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Metro Technology Centers
- Hands-on training opportunities
- Day and evening programs available
- Credits may be transferable to a community college
- HVAC programs prepare students to take state certification exam
Metro Technology Centers is made up of five education centers spread throughout the Oklahoma City area. The centers focus on offering career training and technical education programs to working adults, high school students and businesses. It offers approximately 80 full-time programs, including residential HVAC installer programs and HVACR (heating ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) technician programs in daytime and evening formats.
The 465-hour Residential HVAC Installer program covers the technical skill and training necessary to install, maintain and repair HVAC systems in residential buildings. It teaches students how to follow HVAC manuals, work with common residential HVAC equipment and build troubleshooting skills in the field. Specific courses cover topics such as HVAC safety, refrigerants, piping, lubricants, preventive maintenance, air handling and thermodynamics. Students must be at least juniors in high school in order to enroll in the program.
The HVACR Technician program is very similar to the Residential HVAC Installer program, although it focuses more on HVAC systems for commercial buildings. The program consists of 1,065 hours of study and includes additional courses on heat pumps, load calculations, HVAC regulations, air conditioning systems and professional services. Students can also prepare for EPA refrigerants certification through this program. Graduates of both the HVAC and HVACR programs are prepared to sit for the Oklahoma Mechanical Journeyman HVAC test if they have at least one year of experience.