Skilled To Work: HVAC in need of employees

Frank Garro with Ivy Tech says the training students get at Ivy Tech gets them things like an EPA certification that they need to work in the industry. He says putting the time and money into an HVAC degree pays off in the long run.

Posted: May 15, 2019 8:52 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Like most trades, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry is in need of employees.

Frank Garro with Ivy Tech says he gets calls from local businesses looking to recruit skilled employees.

"There aren't enough people to fill those positions, so employers, I don't want to say that they're desperate, but they're desperate. They're desperate for people to fill those gaps because they have plenty of work."

Garro says the training students get at Ivy Tech gets them things like an EPA certification that they need to work in the industry. He says putting the time and money into an HVAC degree pays off in the long run.

"The entry level wage I've noticed is going up and up and up. Because as minimum wages rise, the skilled workers wages are going to rise also, and they're going to be higher. They're always going to be higher. So, in order for employers to track the best candidates, they're going to offer between $15 and $20 an hour to get the best people."

Garro says if you have an interest in mechanical things and how they work, this industry might be for you. He says there are personal benefits that come along with being in HVAC.

"In this trade and pretty much all the construction trades, the entry-level jobs are first-shift jobs. There are different job classifications where when you start off in that particular industry you get second and third shift jobs, and it's not very pleasant and not very conducive to family life.

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