• Architecture & Construction Career Cluster

    HVAC & PLUMBING TECHNOLOGY

    Teacher: Jeffrey Muschlitz

    HVAC Technology CIP Code: 47.0201

    Plumbing Technology CIP Code: 46.0503

     
     
     
     
     

    These Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) endorsed programs have been designed around a business, industry, and national skills standards model. These programs use project-based methods and national performance standards to instruct and evaluate students in a variety of careers in the mechanical and building maintenance industries.  Students receive highly technical instruction that prepares them for an entry-level position using their academic and technical knowledge and skills to install, service and maintain heating, air conditioning, and plumbing systems.  Instruction includes: daily theory and hands-on application of basic principles of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing systems; installation of rough-in plumbing systems in frame construction and installation of rough-in plumbing systems in ground; installation of residential plumbing fixtures, garbage disposals, kitchen and bath faucets, hot water heaters, gas fuel piping; installation of residential cooling systems and heating systems; installation of refrigeration systems, blueprint reading, drain cleaning methods, HVAC trouble shooting methods and component replacement.  Instruction further includes: the use of ICC 2015 code books for plumbing, mechanical, and fuel/flue gas piping, basic hand tools, power tools and power equipment, refrigerant recovery equipment, manifold gauges, digital multi-meters and testing equipment. All students choosing this pathway will be enrolled in the Plumbing Technology program for their first year.  During the second year of the program, students will focus their studies by selecting either the HVAC pathway or the Plumbing pathway.

     
     

    AVAILABLE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS

     

    American Ladder Institute Safety Training

     

    EPA 608 Certification for Refrigerant, Recycling and Recovery

     

    Gastite and Tracpipe Flexible Gas Piping

     

    NATE Core and Specialty Exams

     

    OSHA 10 Hour Safety

     

    PBA Skills Certificate

     

     

    COLLEGE ADVANCED CREDITS

     

    Bucks County Community College

     

    Pennsylvania College of Technology

     

    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

     

     

    PROGRAM RECOMMENDATIONS

     

    Algebra 1

     

    Color perception

     

    Hand-eye coordination

     

    Physical stamina

     

    Read and interpret technical material at grade level

     

     

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS/ESTIMATED COSTS

     

    Appropriate uniform attire (approximately $60)
     

    OSHA 10 Hour Safety (approximately $25)

     

    Refrigerant Recovery License Exam fees (approximately $25)

     

    Selected tools and reference materials (approximately $95)

     

    HVAC/Plumbing Career Wheel