HVAC is a two-year course offering students the skills, knowledge, and hands-on competencies necessary to prepare them for a career as an HVAC technician. Students will be involved in various projects including but not limited to, use of HVAC tools and testing equipment, construction of metal duckboard and ductwork, cost estimates and more. Students must be physically able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, climb a ladder, and perform sustained overhead work.

Instructor Charles Shumaker

     Mr. Shuemaker has over twenty years experience in the HVAC industry. Part of that time was with Charlies Appliance and Heating Service, a business he co-owned with his father.

     He began teaching at Nicholas County five years ago, and this is second year at FIT. Mr. Shuemaker always wanted to be a teacher but not in a regular classroom setting. He loves teaching the HVAC CTE program. His students have done well in state competitions and placed frequently. 

     His program is designed to teach the basics: from installing ductwork and HVAC equipment to learning how to service and repair HVAC equipment. They also work with local HVAC companies and have several students employed with them. His program instructs not only high school students, but adults as well.

     He is a lifelong resident of Fayette County and graduated from Fayetteville High School and FIT.


  • ESCO EPA 608
  • ESCO Proctor
  • ESCO 410A
  • Burnham Boiler 
  • OSHA 10
  • ASE Refrigerant Recovery & Recycling
  • NCCER Core
  • WV HVAC Technician License
  • Fork Lift Trainer 


Basic Cooling Systems

Soldering & Brazing

Basic Safety

Heating Systems

Basic Control Circuits

Basic Ductwork & Installation

Gas Line Threading

Hands-On Learning

Program Certifications

EDGE Approved Curriculum

Prep for EPA 608 Certification

National Center for Construction Education and Research Certification

WV Technician in Training License

Prep for R410a Certification