Educating Our Future Workforce
Contractor Magazine is now running a feature article written by the Foundation's own Merry Beth Hall about recruiting and training the skilled workers our industry needs.
Contractors, manufacturers are promoting the plumbing trade, educating its workforce
By Merry Beth Hall, Director of Apprentice, Journeyman Training for PHCC Educational Foundation
The job security is there. Reports indicate that the plumbing and HVAC industries will need 700,000 new professionals by 2016; and installation and service for HVAC, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment is the second-fastest growing mechanical trade in the nation. Let’s face it, every commercial building and most homes in America contain plumbing and HVAC systems that must be maintained, and, with maintenance requirements and new construction beginning to pick up, the need for technicians only will increase.
The reputation is there. Not only are workers in the p-h-c industry in high demand, but they are becoming increasingly respected as technology is requiring enhanced knowledge and skills. With these jobs, workers not only can support a family and live a middle-class lifestyle, but they can become part of a solution in this thriving industry — installing and repairing new technologies and products that meet the latest requirements, keeping homeowners and business-owners comfortable and even suggesting ways to save energy!
The role of preparing this workforce? Fortunately, it’s falling to those who know the industry best: the skilled professionals who are passionate about their business; the trade organizations that are dedicated to moving the industry forward; and the manufacturers that want experienced craftsmen to install and repair their products correctly.