Mentorships key to heating, ventilation, air condition industry

Jon Hill, general manager with Hill & Company, discusses demand and opportunities in the HVAC industry, where there is a shortage of skilled technicians.
by Paula Burkes Modified: June 25, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: June 24, 2014
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Q&A with Jon Hill

Technicians needed in heating, air condition, ventilation industry

Q: I understand the heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) industry is facing a current and future shortage of technicians. How bad is it?

A: There’s a tremendous need in the market for skilled technicians, not only in Oklahoma City but also nationwide. The industry continues to grow, but we don’t have the labor force to support it. It’s projected the HVAC industry will need around 27,000 new workers each year just to replace those who are retiring.

Q: How can the industry support these shortages?

A: As a whole, the industry needs to do a better job at marketing itself as a viable and successful career option. Individuals need to be aware of the many job offerings available in the HVAC industry. Once someone goes into the industry, it’s equally important to provide them with ongoing training and mentorship as new technology and information becomes available. With mentorship, technicians skills can be cultivated by learning the ins and outs of the trade. Mentorship, from the very first day, leads to an experienced technician and a satisfied client base.

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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