Classroom and hands-on experience in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration program enables our students to become proficient in the installation, repair, and maintenance of commercial and residential air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

You will learn the operating characteristics of various cooling and heating units and parts. 

And you will learn how to troubleshoot and repair pumps, compressors, valves, electromechanical controls, and digital control systems.  

Classroom studies will be based on the Esco Institute HVAC Excellence Employment Ready curriculum. Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. The tools, test equipment, materials, and processes used in our lab are similar to those used throughout the industry. 

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Our primary job is to train you to be an entry-level service, maintenance or installation technician in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) field.

Students who enroll in our program will become “Employment Ready” — in just 10 calendar weeks — using a combination of classroom time and Lab/Hands-on time. 

You will graduate with a thorough understanding of heating, cooling, refrigeration, and electrical theory, and customer-service skills.


We accept admittance of students without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, color, nationality, origin, ancestry, marital status, age disability, or any other factor prohibited by law.


Mike Tribble SOTI HVAC Director Instructor
Mike Tribble
Director & Instructor

Mike is both director and instructor for Southern Ohio Technical Institute. He has been an instructor with the Florida Academy since 2015. At age 16, Mike installed his first walk-in cooler for the Tribble Refrigeration Company, founded by his father in 1949. He worked for many years with Trane and LJ Quinn before founding his own TCS construction firm in 1979. He has moved back to Cincinnati to share his wealth of HVAC/R knowledge with this area’s future HVAC/R professionals.

Wild Bill Sharpless SOTI HVAC Instructor
Wild Bill Sharpless
Senior Instructor

“Wild” Bill has been working in the industry since his stint as an “Engineman” in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s. After attending HVAC/R trade school, he worked as a Transport Refrigeration Technician and a Commercial Refrigeration Technician throughout Southwest Florida. Somehow, Bill found time to work in sales and marketing for Harley Davidson in Fort Myers. Before moving to Cincinnati, Bill was an  HVAC/R Instructor for the Florida Academy.

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That’s all it takes to become HVAC/R Employer Ready. 

Classes begin soon. So download your catalog and contact us today!