WEATHERFORD, Texas — As job markets across the United States continue to struggle in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the impact of the virus on oil production is threatening severe consequences for the global economy. More than a dozen oil companies have declared bankruptcy so far in the United States alone, and widespread industry layoffs are expected to continue.
Perfect Technician Academy (PTA), an HVAC technician training school based in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, has taken notice of the turmoil unfolding in the oil industry and is taking steps to mitigate it.
The award-winning trade school prides itself on catering to veterans and active-duty military transitioning to civilian life. However, Perfect Technician Academy has recently expanded its focus to include the men, women, and families displaced by oil field closures in and around Texas.
"Many similarities exist between the oil and HVAC industries,” said Brett Hobson, owner of Perfect Technician Academy. “That's largely why Perfect Technician Academy has garnered a variety of new students from oil-heavy states around the U.S. in recent months.”
"Having your livelihood pulled out from under you and beginning a new career path is an incredibly stressful situation to be in,” said Dr. Thomas Moorman, provost and school director of Perfect Technician Academy. “When people learn about the nature of this industry though, how rewarding, lucrative, and pandemic-proof it is, they typically are left wishing they'd come to the school sooner.”