Omaha Schools with HVAC Programs
Students who want to enroll in HVAC training near Omaha only have two options. This article examines the programs offered at both these community colleges, one just a few minutes from downtown and the other about an hour away. HVAC programs also include courses in refrigeration and involve classroom and hands-on instruction. There is a table of facts about each school, displayed in a way that allows prospective students to compare them. Topics covered include enrollment, costs and graduation rates.
- Metropolitan Community College in Omaha offers HVAC certificate and associate's degree programs. The certificate programs are available in a number of specific HVAC categories. This school is about four miles from the city center.
- Southeast Community College in Lincoln, 48 miles from downtown Omaha, offers an associate's degree program with HVAC training. Ninety-three percent of the HVAC graduates at Southeast Community College in 2017 went on to gain employment or pursue continuing education opportunities.
Comparison of Schools
Students must consider many factors when choosing a school. With information from this table, they can learn more about the options in the Omaha area.
|Metropolitan Community College||Southeast Community College|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||14,954*||9,412*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $2,970 in-state
| $3,570 in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||63%*||77%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)|| 53% of full-time students
41% of part-time students*
| 62% of full-time students
42% of part-time students*
|Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in Fall 2014)||16% (20% transfer-out rate)*||31% (17% transfer-out rate)*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics
Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College (MCC) offers a variety of certificate and associate's degree programs that might interest students pursuing HVAC training. There are certificate programs focusing on specific HVAC systems as well as associate's degree and certificate programs providing broad HVAC training.
HVAC Specialist Certificates
MCC offers certificate programs in air conditioning, heat pumps, heat systems and refrigeration. For each area of study, students learn troubleshooting, service and repair methods as well as ways to approach problems unique to each climate control system. For instance, in the air conditioning certificate program, which requires 33 credits, candidates learn how heat loss and heat gain affect the efficiency of an appliance. The 33-credit heat systems certificate program teaches students about computer-regulated climate control and ways to write computer programs that deal with fluctuating temperatures in different areas of a building.
The heat pump certificate program is 30 credits and teaches students how to service, repair and troubleshoot heat pumps in HVAC units. Students in the 30-credit refrigeration program gain electrical knowledge and learn about servicing residential and commercial refrigerators.
Certificate of Achievement in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology
This program is designed to provide students with practical experience handling HVAC systems. The program requires 52.5 credits, including general education courses in math, English and humanities. Courses that students are required to complete include refrigeration shop practices, electric heat, commercial refrigeration service and gas heat.
Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology
This program requires completion of 108.5 credits and offers a combination of hands-on learning and classroom training. Students must complete 6 general education courses in addition to the HVAC courses. Students can expect to take courses in blueprint reading for air conditioning, sheet metal layout, all-weather systems, installation and service problems, and advanced residential air conditioning.
Southeast Community College
Southeast Community College offers an associate's degree program with HVAC training focused on residential and light commercial systems. Graduates of the program can pursue EPA refrigerant certification.
Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
This 18-month program is evenly divided between academic coursework and hands-on training. Students who complete the program can pursue careers in service, maintenance, installation, sales and maintenance of HVAC systems. The curriculum teaches students about refrigeration theory, HVAC welding practices, heat pump principles, HVAC systems and controls, EPA refrigerant certification and troubleshooting techniques.
Required courses include hydronic heating, sheet metal and piping practices. Students must complete an internship and cooperative experience toward the end of the program. During the cooperative education experience, students receive paid training to assist them with paying for the program.