Plumbing/HVAC

Students interested in the plumbing profession can begin their training at the CTC in the Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning program which is a Pennsylvania Builders Association accredited program and tailored after the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first year HVAC skills list. They will begin their technical training learning safe work practices, materials and tools used in the trade, and applied mathematical and scientific concepts needed to build a strong foundation for more advanced topics.

Our students “learn by doing” by working on a variety of skills trainers and equipment designed to simulate actual field installations. Students also have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications such as the OSHA 10 construction safety certification and the EPA Section 608 Refrigerant Transition and Handling certification. Dual enrollment opportunities with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are also available while enrolled in the program.

Post-secondary opportunities exist for those completing the CTC Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning program such as craft apprenticeships where students “earn while they learn” graduating debt-free from industry recognized programs. Associate and Bachelor degree programs are available for those choosing careers as sales engineers, designers, and similar professions requiring advanced degrees.

Program Specifics

Two Year Half-Day Program
Year One: 8:05 A.M.-10:40 A.M. (36 weeks // 3 credits)
Year Two: 11:35 A.M.-2:10 P.M. (36 weeks // 3 credits)

CIP Code
46.0503

Instructor
Mr. Jeff Hirneisen

Program Costs
Students are required to purchase the following at an estimated cost of $150:

  • Uniforms
  • Work Boots
  • Tape Measure
  • Tools (suggested but not required)
  • EPA Test and Book-Optional ($60)

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Student Certifications

NOCTI

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) provides industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification provides a well-rounded knowledge of standards for assuring a safe and healthy working environment.

EPA 608 Certification

EPA regulations under Section 608 certifies technicians who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of equipment that could release ozone-depleting refrigerants into the atmosphere.

Residential Construction Academy (RCA) National Registry

Residential Construction Academy (RCA) National Registry certification makes students more marketable in the industry as they demonstrate their skill in construction procedures.

PA Builders Association Skills Certificate

PA Builders Association Skills Certificate recognizes superior construction programs and provides members a level of assurance for students upon program completion.

College Articulation and Credits

College Credit Opportunities

Harrisburg Area Community College
University of Northwestern Ohio

Articulations

SOAR programs of study prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s high demand and high wage careers.

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Career Opportunities

Students can be employed while in high school through the Cooperative Education program. Qualified students may obtain paid employment after successful completion of classroom training. This program expands the school curriculum by providing students with additional skills through supervised work experience at local businesses. The employment is scheduled during the time the student would be in attendance at the Career and Technology Center.

CAREER PATHS

  • System & Equipment Installer
  • Service Technician
  • Contractor
  • Systems Designer
  • Plumber
  • Salesperson
  • Purchasing Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Pipefitter
  • HVAC Mechanic
  • Education/Training Specialist
  • Cost Estimator
  • Mechanical Engineer

GRADUATES EMPLOYED BY:

  • Vincent R. Boltz, Inc.
  • George Strohm, Jr. Inc.
  • George F. Bowman, Inc.
  • Thomas L. Craun Plumbing
  • A. H. Moyer, Inc.
  • Haller Enterprises
  • UGI
  • G.R. Sponaugle and Sons, Inc.

Salary Ranges

PositionPA Projected Employment Growth 2014-2024 Entry SalaryAvg PA SalaryExperienced Salary
Plumber10%$35,940$56,980$67,490
HVAC Mechanic11%$33,890$51,360$60,090
Mechanical Engineer7%$57,640$86,650$101,150

Luke Bartal, Lebanon City Water Treatment Plant Testimonial

“The program at the CTC was great and gave me a lot of direction for what I wanted to do with my life. It taught me skills that I use on a daily basis.”

Luke Bartal
Lebanon High and LCCTC Graduate
Lebanon City Water Treatment Plant

Larry Bowman, G.F. Bowman, Inc. Testimonial

“The CTC is a great place to start developing a person’s mechanical skills. We at G. F. Bowman are a good example of this, having hired more than 15 graduates from the school.”

Larry D. Bowman
President
G.F. Bowman, Inc.