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.
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.