Over the two-month nomination period, more than 100 instructors across the country were recognized by one or more of their students for the work that they do in their classrooms. As the nomination dust settles, The News has received nominations from more than 500 students.
Reading through some of the nominations, it is apparent that these students have been inspired, challenged, taught, tested, and ultimately prepared for working within the hvacr industry by their instructors. As you read through the following excerpts, notice the pride and excitement these students have for their teachers and about our field.
The News is now contacting the nominated instructors to request more detailed information about their programs and industry backgrounds.
Editors have already begun the daunting task of reading through the student-supplied information and will soon begin reading through the additional information supplied by the instructors.
This selection process will take the better part of the summer, with the winning instructor or instructors being announced in an issue of The News this fall.
Both of these people were looking for a change in their careers. Both came to the conclusion that hvacr may be the industry for them.
One had her interest piqued when she noticed the high demand for service techs in the classified section of a local paper. The other had a revelation when a tech visited to service his air conditioner — he realized that he was mechanically inclined and liked working both inside and outside.
In both cases, it became clear that there is a lack of information and resources on the part of the hvacr industry. These people are excited about the possibility of careers in this field, but haven’t been able to find the information they are looking for locally. One asked me if this market is over-saturated with technicians! If only that were true.
I will be able to provide them with more information than they may even want. But I’m concerned about the people who have an interest and don’t find a place to get answers to their questions.
This industry has potential students who can’t find instructors and programs, instructors who can’t find enough students to keep their programs open, and even has programs that can’t find instructors. It’s time for the industry to come together to work on nationwide recruitment efforts and solutions to this problem.
If we all sit and lament the passing of the service tech abundance and do nothing, that’s what we’ll end up with: nothing.
I’d like to hear your ideas on how the industry can come together and work to change this situation. Let me know what you have been doing in your area.