I’m going to start out this week’s post with four questions:

 

1. What do some graduates of an HVACR training program think about getting hired?

2. What should graduates of an HVACR training program think about getting hired?

3. What do some employers think about graduates of an HVACR training program?

4. What should employers think about graduates of an HVACR training program?

These are four interesting questions whether you’re considering enrolling in an HVACR training program, or if you’re already enrolled in one.

When it comes to question #1, some students about to graduate from an HVACR training program are of the opinion that when they get their first job, they should be paid a starting wage somewhere just a tad South of the amount that a senior or journeyman technician earns. Their reasoning is that since they have invested a given amount of time and money in completing a training program, they should expect to start out at an earning level much higher than someone who “just walked in off the street” and hired on as a helper or on-the-job trainee.

When it comes to question #2, the answer is, well, different than the answer to question #1. While it’s true that a person who has graduated from an HVACR training program has a good deal of information about the fundamentals of refrigeration, electricity, and air flow; and some degree of experience due to lab work in their training program, what they should think about getting hired is that their starting wage isn’t going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of the top money earned by experienced technicians. The graduate of a training program is considered to be an entry-level technician. That’s not to say that they won’t be able to increase their earnings at a faster pace than that of the “off the street” hire…..once the prove what they can do….. read it, generate revenue or control costs for their employer.

The answer to question #3 is that some employers just don’t think much of HVACR technician training program graduates. The reasons for this vary quite a bit. Perhaps they’ve had unpleasant experiences with graduates in the past, discovering that their new hire is unable to perform certain tasks without a lot of assistance. Or, perhaps, they themselves never had an opportunity to attend a training program, and they are either intimidated by somebody who has, or, they’re just of the opinion that trade schools and colleges take up a lot of time to “teach a lot of stuff that a technician doesn’t need to know” when it comes to running service calls or evaluating equipment operation and performance.

And the answer to question #4 is that an employer should consider a graduate, even though they are entry level on the day they are hired, should also be considered as being much more knowledgable than an “off the street” hire because what they have accomplished by completing their training program is gathered the background information they need to understand about HVACR equipment, and have demonstrated an ability to perform certain tasks without any help, while they will need some guidance in order to accomplish others.

Until next week.

Learn from yesterday….Live for today….Look forward to tomorrow

Jim

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