Miami, FL, Schools with HVAC Programs
Individuals looking for training programs in the heating and air conditioning field can find a few options in the greater Miami area. Most programs also include instruction on refrigeration systems. This article looks at three schools within a 35-minute drive of the city center. There is also a table of information useful to prospective students. This table allows them to compare the schools in areas such as size, graduation rates and tuition. A few facts on other area schools with relevant programs are included at the end of the article.
- In Coconut Creek, FL, which is 32 miles from Miami, Atlantic Technical Center has a 1,350-hour HVAC installation and repair program.
- Students looking to attend a vocational school with a major appliance and repair program can find one at the Robert Morgan Educational Center, which is about 19 miles from downtown Miami.
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) also offers a certificate program in air conditioning, refrigeration and heating technology at The English Center, around five miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information of use to individuals who are trying to decide which school is their best option, presented in a format that makes it easy to compare the schools.
|Atlantic Technical Center||Robert Morgan Educational Center||The English Center, M-DCPS|
|School Type||Public, 2-year college||Public, 2-year vocational school||Public, less-than 2-year adult education school|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||3,907*||634*||199*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Large city|
|Annual Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$4,565 (for HVAC program)*||$3,631 (for HVAC program)*||$1,920 (for HVAC program)*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)||25%*||74%*||87%*|
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||60% for full-time students||52% full-time students, 53% part-time students*||70% full-time students, 65% part-time students*|
|Graduation Rates (2014-2015)||57%*||38% (2% transfer-out rate)*||39% (4% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Atlantic Technical Center
This college, which first opened in 1973, offers areas of study in architecture and construction, health science and information technology.
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology
This program includes 1,350 hours of coursework during a 12-month period. The program covers skills in topics like refrigerant recovery and recycling, building codes and troubleshooting. Students will train for the EPA Section 608 and R-410A examinations.
Robert Morgan Educational Center
The vocational programs at this school are divided into various academies and departments. A major appliance and refrigeration repair program is offered through the school's entrepreneurship academy.
Major Appliance and Refrigeration Repair
This program prepares students to install, maintain and repair commercial and residential appliance and refrigeration systems through practical training and classroom instruction. Students will develop technical skills, work attitudes and employability. The program is designed to help students train for entry-level positions in HVAC-related professions.
The English Center, M-DCPS
The English Center offers vocational training to individuals who didn't finish high school and are at least 16 years old. Programs prepare students to work in 5 career areas: information technology, arts, A/V technology and communications, education and training, human services, and architecture and construction. The HVAC program is part of the architecture and construction group.
Certificate of Completion in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology
This 750-hour program prepares students to become certified HVAC technicians. Students will focus on health safety and environmental management systems, tools and tool accessories, mathematics, electrical components, troubleshooting electric motors, solid-state electronics and commercial compressors. The curriculum has laboratory requirements in order to give students hands-on experience.
There are a few other program options at schools within a 50-mile radius of Miami. The Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center in Miami has an HVAC certificate program. Miami Lakes Educational Center in Miami Lakes, FL, has a 750-hour air conditioning, refrigeration and heating technology program. About 17 miles from Miami in Hollywood, FL, Sheridan Technical Center has a 1,350-hour air conditioning, refrigeration and heating technology program.