HVAC / Plumbing

Water and Climate Control Systems are in Every Building

One student installs a shower control fixture on a water line while another student readies the water control cover plate.
In the first year, students learn the fundamentals of residential plumbing and heating installation. They will read blueprints and schematics while learning to fit, assemble, and prepare piping. The second year focuses on HVAC: installing residential and commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

Units of Study

Plumbing Orientation and Safety (OSHA 10), plus:

  • Blueprint Reading and Plumbing Drawings
  • Drain Waste and Vent Systems
  • Water Distribution Systems
  • Fixtures, Valves and Faucets
  • Water Heaters
  • Boilers
  • Radiant Heat and Baseboards
  • Hydronic Installation and piping
  • Carbon Pipe and Fittings
  • Plastic Pipe and Fittings
  • Copper Pipe and Fittings
  • Gas Heat
  • HVAC Orientation and Safety (OSHA 10)
  • Copper and Plastic Piping Practices
  • Soldering and Brazing
  • Basic Electricity
  • Fundamentals of Refrigeration
  • Refrigeration Processes and Piping
  • Ferrous Metal Piping Practices
  • Fundamentals of Heating
  • Forced-Air Gas Furnaces
  • Electric Heat
  • Air Distribution Systems
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heat Pumps

College Credits

MCC Dual Enrollment:
  • HVA 101: Refrigeration Essentials
  • HVA 103: Heating Systems & Troubleshooting
  • HVA 105: Electrical Foundations & Troubleshooting 

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements:
  • Alfred State
  • University of Northwestern Ohio

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

OSHA 10 Construction Industry

EPA Section 608: Refrigerant Handler Certification 

Professional Outlook

Job Projections for Plumbers: 14 percent projected growth in new jobs from 2018 to 2028.
Median U.S. Salary: $55.160 per year (in 2019).*
Job Projections HVAC Installers: 13 percent projected growth in new jobs from 2018 to 2028.
Median U.S. Salary: $48,730 per year (in 2019).*

Education Requirements: Most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters gain career training by attending a technical school or learning on the job through an apprenticeship. Due to the complexity of most HVACR systems, employers generally prefer applicants with a career and technical education background, postsecondary education, or those who have completed an apprenticeship.


Dominic Corona 
Daniel DeFazio
With a degree in HVAC/R from Monroe Community College, Dan DeFazio brings over 20 years’ experience in HVAC/R installation, sales and service. Prior to working at WEMOCO, Dan taught HVAC/R in the BOCES2 Center for Workforce Development adult education program.  

Enrollment Information

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.
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