In previous blog posts, we have written a bit about the troubles faced by the HVAC industry, as the market grows by leaps and bound, but the availability of skilled workers has dropped significantly. We need more men and women educated and experienced enough to install and maintain the new HVAC systems, controls, and sensors. Therefore, it is always good news to hear of HVAC education possibilities for American citizens.
One recent story referred to a new creative approach to HVAC education. Recognizing the needs of the industry, as we face the retirement of the Baby Boomers, which is expected to lead to a shortage of tens of thousands of technicians, a team came together to create Mission: HVAC. The program is still in its infancy, but there is a lot of hope centered around it, as it will make it easier and more affordable for young talent to secure the knowledge and experienced needed to break into the industry.
This industry is a very promising one for today’s youth, particularly those with mechanical minds and desire to work with their hands. While future nurses, doctors, lawyers, and politicians are securing scholarships to help pay for their education, the same opportunities are not always available to future HVAC technicians. Yet, these positions are just as important to our society. Mission: HVAC only accepts a very limited number of applicants each year, for now, but those who complete the 10 levels of training and write blog posts about their experiences, are awarded with $5,000 paid toward their education expenses.
Programs like this are so essential right now. We need skilled, intelligent technicians. New developments in system-, sensor-, and control technology have made that advanced education more important than ever before. Future technicians need to have time in the classroom and time working with masters of the trade to gain the knowledge they need to succeed in the industry. And, this country needs technicians, so programs like Mission: HVAC are extremely important.