This field affords great opportunities. Upon completion, individuals may obtain employment with an industrial plant, HVAC/Plumbing contractor, or go into business for themselves. The training in this program provides the opportunity for students to prepare themselves in the installation, maintenance, and repair of all types of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, soil and waste sanitation, venting, gas, and air lines, installation of plumbing, fixtures, installation of large and small self-contained air conditioning.

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The HVAC/Plumbing program also gives students the opportunity to read and interpret blueprints and drawings. On smaller installations the technician may have to prepare his or her own work diagrams and do simple layout such as measuring and cutting pipe. They also get experience in making soil pipe joints, joint wiping, soldering, threading, welding, and brazing. The installation of plastic pipe, copper and cast are also covered.

Fundamental knowledge of electrical practices, reading schematics, electrical controls, building circuits, working with chemicals, piping practices, types of furnaces, efficiency testing, energy management, and related safety in all of the above curricular areas provide students the opportunity to prepare themselves for the working world.


  • Demonstrate good work ethic
  • Develop the ability to read blueprints and isometric drawings
  • Be able to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Have a willingness to learn to use electronic measuring devices, electric meter, digital thermostats, etc.
  • Be able to learn math and measurement requirements particular to the program
  • Read and write at or near grade level

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.


GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the HVAC/Plumbing program.


  • EPA 608
  • HVAC Excellence
  • Gastite
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • OSHA Certification

Ed Campbell

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Plumbing HVAC/P Instructor