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Taking Care of Business: Can We Add Service Tech to Job List?

December 8, 2008
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I just read an online article from a writer who claims there are five recession-proof industries:

1. Education

2. Accounting & Auditing

3. Health Care

4. Information Technology

5. Security

I won’t argue with those choices although I do wonder where “Waste Management” is since there will never be a shortage of waste.

But it also got me thinking that the service trades like HVACR, plumbing, and electrical are always going to be in demand because there are no such things as maintenance-free appliances and fixtures. Even the ones with built-in obsolescence need to be replaced and often by a professional technician/installer.

However, slow economic times are forcing people to use chicken wire and duct tape to keep things together until they can afford normal repairs and replacements. I am exaggerating - people also use “pre-chewed” gum to patch holes, too. The point is, with the shortage of good labor available to the HVACR trade, can we really say that service techs represent a recession-proof trade?

I think not. It would be nice to think that good techs will always be in demand, but right now I have my doubts. Of course, I’m from Michigan, where even the best workers in many trades can’t find work. But I think our affliction has spread to many other areas, too.

Let’s keep training our techs and inviting new ones to enter the trade - but let’s make sure we have enough work for them to stay interested.

(I mentioned chicken wire, duct tape, and gum. E-mail me with some of the jerry rigging your techs have seen on service calls. I’ll publish some at a later date.)
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Taking Care of Business: Can We Add Service Tech to Job List?

Mikhail Solow
December 8, 2008
Even in Michigan, as well as everywhere else, a skilled individual can be assured of at least making a living. Michigan is a very unique place where a person without high school diploma can earn with benefits $100.00 per hour making autos that nobody can afford. It makes it extremely hard for the skilled trades technicians to keep in that kind environment. Lowering their earning expectation is just probably out of the question. "Those who have the needed skills will not only survive but also thrive"my father, who survive as an electrician, the European depression, WWII and all the recessions since. Strong electrical fundamental are and will be in demand.mikhail@miritekacademy.com

Taking Care of Business: Can We Add Service Tech to Job List?

Mikhail Solow
December 8, 2008
Even in Michigan, as well as everywhere else, a skilled individual can be assured of at least making a living. Michigan is a very unique place where a person without high school diploma can earn with benefits $100.00 per hour making autos that nobody can afford. It makes it extremely hard for the skilled trades technicians to keep in that kind environment. Lowering their earning expectation is just probably out of the question. "Those who have the needed skills will not only survive but also thrive"my father, who survive as an electrician, the European depression, WWII and all the recessions since. Strong electrical fundamental are and will be in demand.mikhail@miritekacademy.com

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