MILWAUKEE - In a time of high demand for skilled building technicians, Johnson Controls is investing in the Rochester, Minn.-area talent pool by donating HVAC equipment and a digital direct controls system to the Rochester Community and Technical College controls lab. Construction of the new lab is expected to be complete this month.
“We are excited to team up with Johnson Controls to strengthen
our HVAC program and enhance our students’ learning experience,” said Warren
Beighley, building utilities mechanic instructor at Rochester Community and
Technical College. “The new lab will be equipped with the latest
technology so we can continue producing the best graduates in this
The local workforce will also benefit, as employers in Minnesota
anticipate a 19 percent increase in demand for HVAC workers by the year 2014,
according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Minnesota employment
“Our Rochester branch office
has been around for more than 18 years, and we want to continue to build on
this history,” said Jason Gorak, systems branch manager, Johnson
Controls. “We see this donation as a way to prepare and recruit the type
of talent needed to fill critical careers in a growing field.”
The lab, which was first unveiled in May 2007, is now being
reconstructed as part of a campus-wide renovation project that includes
asbestos abatement and structural and mechanical updates. During the
current semester, HVAC students will benefit from the hands-on experience of
installing the mechanical and electrical components. Once in place, the
new equipment will play a key role in the lab.
Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) was founded in
1915 by a motion of Dr. Charles Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic
and a Rochester School District board member. Today, RCTC is part of the
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) which consists of 32
campuses including 25 two-year colleges and 7 state universities.
RCTC’s Building Utilities Mechanic (BUM) major is designed to
prepare students for careers requiring skills in the operation, maintenance,
troubleshooting, and repair of electrical and mechanical equipment found in
commercial buildings. RCTC also offers a certificate as a Heating,
Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Service Technician.
For more information, visit www.rctc.edu/program/bum/.
Johnson Controls Helps College Upgrade HVAC Controls Lab
October 22, 2007