Category Archives: HVAC Jobs

More Than One Path to Success

Did you know until 1950, all students were taught both academics and basic vocational skills? School was utilized to educate and prepare young minds for the rest of their lives, with encouragement to go down whatever career path they showed interest in and a natural ability for. However, as time went on there was a push to prepare all students for a college education, leaving vocational training on the back burner.

A comprehensive list of skills, abilities and interests that could lead to vocational training.

So how does this affect young adults entering the work force today? No two students are the same, resulting in a multitude of different learning styles and a wide variety of skills. Some students excel at math, history and biology, and others are better at thinking mechanically and strategically or creatively. Some people learn well in large classrooms, while others thrive in hands-on learning and prefer to participate to best comprehend new information. Most importantly, not everyone goes to a traditional four-year college – so why are we preparing everyone for the same path?

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of high school students attend college, while over 30% are entering the work force with neither academic or job skills. Furthermore, of the 68% attending college nearly 40% will not finish, resulting in wasted time and a heap of student loan debt to deal with. Around one-third of the remaining 28% that do finish college, end up with jobs they could have earned without a four-year degree. College can be a student’s path to success, but for some there is more than one path.

“Turning your passion into your job is easier than finding a job that matches your passion.” –Seth Godin

It’s time we bring back vocational training in the high school setting as a potential career path. The negative predisposition against vocational education is destructive to the process of encouraging students to seek training wherever their natural gifts and preferences lead them. Many of the skills most needed to compete in the global market of the 21st century are technical and vocational. The absence of qualified applicants in many of these fields is costing us economically as a nation. These jobs are left empty because younger generations perceive less value in being an HVAC specialist or electrician than an engineer or a medical professional. All the while, young adults are entering lifelong careers that are not fulfilling and don’t best suit their natural talents, not to mention they don’t encourage growth and entrepreneurship.

HVAC technician enjoying a successful and happy career thanks to vocational training.

If you know a young talent who excels at working with their hands or tools, likes building things, or is a detail-oriented problem solver, encourage them to seek out apprenticeship programs or internships and strive for what makes them happy. Choosing a career path that leads to a lifetime of happiness is one of the most important goals we can set for upcoming generations.

Are You Losing Money to Air Leaks?

This month’s edition of The Advantage is all about saving you money! North Dakota is known for our hot, humid summers and icy, cold winters. This means we run the risk of losing both our cooled and heated air to pesky leaks, which are not only uncomfortable and frustrating, but likely to cost you money as well. They cause your equipment to run more than necessary, putting more wear and tear on your HVAC unit while increasing your utility bills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, you can save as much as 10 percent annually on your energy bills (20 percent of your heating and cooling costs) by properly sealing and insulating your home.

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There are measures you can take on your own to spot leakage in your home and repair it with caulk or weather-stripping.

Visual Inspection: When checking outside your home, look for gaps and cracks at the common points of air leakage, especially areas where two different building materials meet, including:

  • Where the foundation and bottom of exterior brick or siding meet
  • Where the siding and chimneys meet
  • Outdoor water faucets
  • All exterior corners

Inside your home, inspect around the following for any cracks and gaps that could cause air leaks:

  • Electrical outlets
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Baseboards
  • Where dryer vents pass through walls
  • Attic hatches
  • Door and window frames
  • Switch plates
  • Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners
  • Vents and fans
  • Weatherstripping around doors
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Electrical and gas service entrances

In the winter months, it may help to locate leaks by wetting your hand to feel any cool drafts.

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Smoke Test: After visual inspection, perform a smoke test to be sure you have found all tough-to-find air leaks:

  1. Pick a cool and windy day to conduct the test. Turn off appliances that create air disturbances, such as stoves, burning furnaces, and water heaters.
  2. Shut all windows, doors, and fireplace flues.
  3. Turn on exhaust fans that blow air outside – dryers, bathroom fans, and stove vents; or use a large window fan to suck the air out of the rooms.
  4. Light incense and hold it near potential points of air leakage. If smoke begins moving unsteadily back and forth, or it is drawn into or out of the room, this indicates a leak.

To guarantee the job was done right and save time, you can hire a qualified technician to conduct an energy assessment. Remember, the goal of your project is to discover all the air leaks so that you can seal them up tight, which should result in a more comfortable and energy efficient home this winter.

The best way to save money this season is to have efficiently run equipment. In order to ensure your system is up to par on all levels and spot potential money-losing HVAC units in your home, set up an appointment or give us a call at 701.775.4675.

3 Reasons to Choose a Career in HVAC

Choosing a career can be a daunting task. In addition to finding a profession that you are passionate about and have a strong interest in, there are innumerable factors to consider: educational requirements, job security, salary, and opportunities, to name a few. With these considerations in mind, it would be beneficial to anyone looking for available positions to consider a career in the HVAC industry. Take a look at a few of the top reasons to consider a job as an HVAC specialist today:

Growth

In 2012 there were over 267,000 jobs in the HVAC field. In just 10 years, that number is expected to grow 21%, adding as many as 56,000 jobs by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is nearly double the average industry when compared to all other occupations. This predicted growth rate is based on a variety of factors, including the large number of existing systems that will need to be replaced and, perhaps more importantly, the serious need for workers with knowledge of new climate control units and skill in the installation and service of the increasingly intricate technology of advanced systems.

Opportunity

Did you know that for every three skilled workers that are retiring from the trades industry workforce, only one is entering in their place? This, coupled with an estimation that merely 6% of high school students are thinking about a future in the trades, leaves a huge number of jobs currently available in the HVAC field. These surprising numbers mean there are vast opportunities for job placement, career development, and expedited advancement into higher positions.

Security

With a high demand for skilled workers and a low supply of tradesmen entering the field, this leaves a world of opportunity for people entering the HVAC industry. As the current workforce moves towards retirement, it is leaving more positions available, especially to younger workers. So consider HVAC if you’re looking for job security, career growth, and exceptional benefits, not to mention an excess of possibilities for career development, including tuition assistance, apprenticeship programs, or continuing education opportunities.

Interested in learning more about the HVAC industry or employment opportunities?

At Vilandre, we are always on the lookout for motivated, hardworking, and dependable individuals looking for career development in a challenging profession. To learn more, visit our employment page or fill out our online application today.