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Skaer-Tactics: For Those Who Can, Teach HVACR?

January 26, 2009
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Everyone in the industry is greatly aware of the technician shortage. However, few realize there is also a shortage of persons to teach HVACR classes at our nation’s schools. Though exact numbers are difficult to locate - or are simply non-existent - suffice it to say there are plenty of openings available across this great land. Don’t believe me? Just contact your local trade and/or vocational school. You might be surprised.

[For the record, HVAC Excellence provides details on educator positions available. Go to www.hvacexcellence.org and click on the “Instructor jobs” link. At last glance, some of the schools currently looking for teachers included Wallace State Community College (Dothan, Ala.), College of the Desert (Palm Springs, Calif.), San Joaquin Valley College (Rancho Cordova, Calif.), Erwin Technical Center (Tampa, Fla.), Coyne American Institute (Chicago), Louisville Technical Institute (Louisville), North American Trade Schools (Baltimore), East Central College (Union, Mo.), Vatterott College (O’Fallon, Mo.), Northeast Community College (Norfolk, Neb.), Western Suffolk BOCES (Dix Hills, N.Y.), and King George High School (King George, Va.).]

Know that the qualifications needed to teach this trade differ from school to school and state to state. However, many will accept a person who has experience in the field and/or industry. In my book, teaching seems to be the natural progression for Baby Boomers, many who will be reaching retirement age in the next five years.

Then again, if Wall Street botched up your 401(k) earnings like it did mine, chances are many Boomers might not be able to call it quits in 10 years or more. So why not, at the very least, teach part time?
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techs & teachers

January 27, 2009
PAY MORE. LOTS MORE. thank you.

For Those Who Can, Teach HVACR

W Davis
February 5, 2009
Mark, An excellent point, well made. Many mature technicians enjoy staying in the field and turning wrenches, many do not. What a great move, from hot attics and damp crawlspaces, to an air conditioned class room. Teaching is not for everyone, some basic skills are REQUIRED (patience being prominent). Thank you for promoting what can be a thankless job. Wes

For Those Who Can, Teach HVACR?

H. Weiss
February 5, 2009
Teaching is a great way for people to give back to an industry that served them for many years. The income is some times lower than what a person earned in the field. However, most teaching positions provide health insurance and pension packages that are not available to most people in the industry. Most young persons in the industry can not envision when they will retire. When they do, they will wish they had a state teaching pension. As the industry systems become more complex, self contained, training will be more essential than ever. These schools provide contractors the technicians they so badly need. Hopefully, more people will look at the great opportunities awaiting them in teaching in the HVACR industry.

HVAC Instructors

Turner Collins
February 9, 2009
Finding the HVACR instructors needed for todays' colleges and technology centers is indeed, a task. People with the background in the field and with the ability to teach the entire trade are somewhat rare and hard to locate. And the money being paid is often lower than that of those in similiar Public positions. Todays' instructors should have or be willing to attain an Associate Degree in Education or related fields. Again, they are rare. TC

Need help now or in the future

Geno Gruber
February 9, 2009
Mark, it has been a long time. I am no longer with Gallagher's but now on the road consulting for Air Time 500. I would love to offer any help with any articals you need. geno_g@pacbell.net

Teach HVAC/R

Robert A. Moller
February 10, 2009
Twenty years ago I taught in one of NYC's top trade schools with others from the Military. Things were good until they became more interested in money. They started taking in all the drug rehabilitation and other losers for the money. People high,drunk,and totally uninterested,but got a check anyhow. Most schools around today do not pay.



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