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  • HVACR & Plumbing



    Kevin Masse

    Robert Sherwood

    Steven Sladen

    The Plumbing/HVAC-R/Sheet Metal department at Providence Career and Technical Academy will prepare our students for continuing education  and careers not only by using the latest tools, equipment, and technology, but also by working with local employers and partners. Through internships and field work we emphasize good work ethics and superb employability skills in a real world environment. The attrition rate of today’s  Plumbing/HVAC-R/Sheet Metal technicians is at an all-time high; this leaves today’s  tradespeople at an average age of approximately 60. There is a very high demand for competent technicians in today's job market. This makes it very likely that students graduating from PCTA will be more appealing and more likely to enjoy well-paying and stable employment. Our mission is to work with families, employers, and the local community to help guide today’s students to well-paying careers and allow for industry to have access to well-rounded applicants for high-paying positions.


  • Local Collaborations:


    Building Futures RI

    Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 51

    Sheet Metal Union Local

    New  England Institute of Technology 

    Johnstone Supply 

    Regan Heating and Air Conditioning

    Home Nurds Solar  

    Woman in the Workforce 


    Certifications Earned:

    Ramset Powder Actuated Tools,  

    OSHA 10 Certification, 

    First Aid & CPR Training,

    HBI Core & Plumbing Certification, 

    HBI Core & HVAC Certification,

    MC3 Certification

    Viega Pro-Press Certification

    Ward Flex Certification

    EPA Certification 


  • Career Pathways  

    Direct Entry into the workforce:

    • List jobs students can get going directly from PCTA to industry

    • Plumbing Apprenticeship

    • HVAC-R Apprenticeship

    • Plumbing/HVAC-R/Sheet Metal Material Delivery Person

    • Plumbing/HVAC-R/Sheet Metal Supply & Distribution 

    • Solar Installer Apprentice

    • Electric Boat Pipefitter Trainee

    • Plumbing/HVAC-R/Sheet Metal union


    Post-Secondary Associates Degree, Certificates and Licensure

    • Plumbing/HVAC-R/Sheet Metal Journeyman

    • Plumbing/HVAC-R/Sheet Metal Master

    • Plumbing/HVAC-R/Sheet Metal teacher and/or instructor

    • Solar Installer

    • Sprinkler fitting


    Career Outlook

    The vision of the Plumbing/HVAC department is to maximize the number of students who go into industry, union, or pursuit of higher learning. As a medal winner at the SkillsUSA national competition, we will continue success at this event through increased internship participation. Job growth is expected to increase by 8 percent in the next 3 years.


Fire Department Ladder Safety Visit 2022

  • PCTA 2019-2020 CTE ROTATION

    General Construction and Graphics students visiting HVAC