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Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
At a time of increasing concern about the state of the job market, the outlook for skilled laborers is bright.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment in the HVAC industry (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) is projected to grow 14 percent through 2024.
While that’s great news, the need for skilled workers is high right now.
Thankfully, there’s a new opportunity for men and women in the Dayton area to broaden their knowledge of the HVAC service trade and to gain valuable work experience while doing so.
New HVAC training facility in Miami Valley
In January 2017, Logan Services opened a new, state-of-the-art training facility for skilled HVAC laborers. The goal is to educate up-and-coming technicians and installers on the latest trends in HVAC service and installation. These training programs will provide hands-on experience in proper HVAC equipment installation and maintenance, as well as customer service education.
The program is designed to supplement the coursework of tech schools, while helping new service technicians and/or installers settle into a lucrative career with the chance to receive top pay for their performance.
“The benefits of the skilled labor workforce are endless; however, attending a traditional university seems the automatic choice these days. Trade schools are being forgotten,” said Ashley Pleiman, vice president of human resource and finance for Logan Services. “Choosing a skilled labor career path means only two years of schooling, instead of four, and $20,000 less in tuition costs. There is job security – skilled labor can’t be outsourced to another country – and compensation is fair.”
Real, hands-on experience means better service for customers
One person who is experiencing the benefits of the training facility firsthand is Bret Fuller. He began his career with Logan Services as a duct cleaner, participated in the company’s training program, and is now a 5-star-level service manager. Achieving a 5-star rating requires several years of experience and management skills.
“The program is a proactive way to gain exposure to what you will actually experience in the field before you are dispatched to real-life service calls and installations,” said Fuller. “We practice a variety of scenarios to sharpen our technical skills and abilities and to become better skilled workers. We also are able to stay on top of the latest developments in HVAC efficiency and operation because now we have the opportunity to learn in an interactive setting.”
This hands-on training experience and up-to-date knowledge in industry trends translates into top-notch service for customers.
Learn more about an HVAC career
On Saturday, March 25, Logan Services will be hosting a recruiting event for HVAC students and recent graduates who are interested in learning about potential installation and service career opportunities.
Logan Services is actively recruiting for candidates, and this year alone, they’re preparing to hire 24 skilled workers. This includes eight service technicians, eight installers, and eight installer assistants.
“Our industry has seen a lack in qualified candidates,” said Pleiman. “But through the Logan Services Training Facility, we are dedicated to creating training to help those individuals who are interested in a career in heating and air conditioning.”