Residential HVAC Technician

Oklahoma Construction Industries Board Approved

This program is an introduction to air-conditioning and refrigeration, exploring career opportunities in the HVAC/R industry, personal safety and work practices, and personal protective equipment.  Students will be instructed in the proper handling of pressurized fluids, handling hazardous substances, hand and power tools, and equipment used to test and service air conditioning. 

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Instructor Profile: Michael Beach

From trailblazing around the world and now to PTC starting up a full-time HVAC program, Beach has the skills, experience and knowledge to get the job done well. Asked about the challenges of starting a new program like this, Mr. Beach says, “I’m drawing from my prior teaching experience as a basis for how I’m able to set up the program at PTC.” He continues, “Setting things up on my’s a struggle in a sense, but you can either look at it as a burden or you can look at it as an opportunity and I’m excited about this amazing opportunity!”

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After 10-months in the HVAC program at Pontotoc Technology Center (PTC) during the 2021-2022 school year, student Justin Martin immediately landed a great job with Shaver Plumbing, Heating and Air, LLC. Martin has since moved to Cool Daddy’s Heat & Air. He recently returned to PTC to speak with students about his experience inside and outside the classroom and provide a little motivation for those just now starting their journey.

Martin’s membership in SkillsUSA has been one of the highlights of his experience at PTC. Competing at District (and winning Gold) he was also a State level qualifier. His membership introduced him to other opportunities as well, which led to him receiving a 2022 Clifford “Ted” Rees Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by SkillsUSA and the Air-Condition, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). This one time scholarship allowed Justin to apply $2,500 towards his tuition. However, since his tuition was already paid (through other scholarships), he was approved to use the money to purchase tools to help him grow his business.

HVAC Instructor, Michael Beach, says, “Justin definitely sets the bar high by being so involved in SkillsUSA and achieving the success he has through scholarships, but his success in the workplace, getting a good paying job with the knowledge and skills he received from PTC is the expectation for my students, not the exception. I’m very proud of Justin and all my students and their successes.”

Martin says about his chosen field, “I love working with my hands, troubleshooting issues, and helping people. When asked if he could share something unexpected about his experience, he says, “Be ready for hot days!” 

Classes begin the middle of August and end the middle of May the following year. This program is offered from 7:55 am to 11:00 am and 12:00 pm to 3:05 pm Monday through Friday. High school students choose either a morning session or an afternoon session to attend. Adult students are encouraged to attend both sessions. Adult students are admitted according to space available in the program. Occasionally there are openings for adults and admission is made at the beginning of a new semester. 

Pontotoc Technology Center follows a public school calendar year and has breaks and holidays that are common to the area partner schools. Partner high school students attend tuition free.

Residential HVAC Technician


- Introduction to HVACR: Safety, Tools and Equipment (30 Hours)
- Principle of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer (45 Hours)
- Piping and Piping Practices (45 Hours)
- HVAC/R Controls (45 Hours)
- HVAC/R Solid State Electronics (30 Hours)
- Load Calculations (15 Hours)
- Refrigerant System Components (90 Hours)
- Air Conditioning Systems (90 Hours)
- Refrigerants and Lubricants (15 Hours)
- Refrigerant Recovery (15 Hours)
- Refrigerant Retrofits (15 Hours)
- Heat Pumps (30 Hours)
- Heating Systems (120 Hours)
- Air Handling (45 Hours)
- Electricity for HVAC/R (60 Hours)
- HVAC/R System Installation and Start-Up (Res.) (120 Hours)
- HVAC/R System Servicing and Troubleshooting (Res.) (90 Hours)
- Indoor Air Quality (15 Hours)
- HVAC/R Preventative Maintenance (15 Hours)
- HVAC/R Codes, Regulations and Standards (30 Hours)
- Professional Service (15 Hours)
- Workforce Staging (45 Hours)

Possible Employment Opportunities:

Air-conditioning Technician
Air-conditioning Maintenance

Cost of Program: Tuition, Fees and Books

Total In-District: $4,676
Total Out of District: $7,481
VA Approved


EPA 608
HVACR Technician (AHRI Endorsed)
Process Piping Technician
Endorsed Apprentice Eligible

Potential Salary

For information concerning working conditions, physical requirements, employment and job outlook please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) at:

Salary information can be found at The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Resource Center at:
SOC/O-NET 49-9021.01

Pontotoc Tech Student Services team builds partnerships with Ada area businesses & industry to create opportunities for on the job training and student placement. Call the Pontotoc Technology Center Counselor at 580-310-2264 or visit

PROGRAM TITLE: Residential HVAC Technician
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Beach