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The Refrigeration & HVAC Technician associate (occupational) degree program at IntelliTec College of Grand Junction is successfully filling the strong local demand for skilled technicians in this trade
Press Release – For Immediate Release
HVAC industry employers on the western slope are clamoring for graduates of this program, which launched in January of 2015. Currently, no other colleges offer HVAC/R training within 300-miles of the Grand Junction area.
On average, it takes approximately 18 months of training to complete the specialized HVAC/R training. While enrolled, students begin valuable on-the-job training with apprenticeships. Nate Jones, HVAC/R Program Supervisor at IntelliTec College explains, “A number of students are already apprenticing with local employers. They are able to work in entry-level positions, which only further helps them prepare to sit for certifications.”
“We’re proud and excited for the future of the students of the HVAC/R program. This very strong industry continues to hire faster than what can be filled in this gaping market,” said Jones.
IntelliTec’s HVAC/R Program Only One Between Colorado Springs and Salt Lake City
Marty Roberts of 2H Mechanical in Grand Junction is all too aware of the current high demand and the scarcity of technicians. He fears the shortage of trained HVAC technicians is reaching crisis level, “The lack of technicians nationwide affects our entire infrastructure, placing the country in jeopardy of losing an indispensible industry.”
“Our lead HVAC technician visited the new IntelliTec College HVAC facility, and he was impressed with the training and modern equipment. This program is exactly what’s needed in this area,” said Bishop’s Plumbing co-owner, Kristen Davis, of Glenwood Springs, CO.
Employers in Colorado and Utah are excited about the HVAC/R technician training in the Grand Valley and are currently contacting IntelliTec College seeking skilled graduates. Employers include:
- Weimers Heating, Eagle, CO
- 2H Mechanical, Grand Junction, CO
- Bishop Plumping and Heating, Glenwood Springs, CO
- Russell Stover Candies, Montrose, CO
- Cooling’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Mon trose, CO
- Nordic Refrigeration, Gypsum, CO
- R&H Mechanical, Eagle, CO
- Daniels Plumbing & Heating, Vernal, UT
What Exactly is an HVAC/R Technician?
“HVAC still has a bit of a mystery to it,” says Jones “but the skills needed are pretty straightforward.” The bottom line adds Jones, “As long as it’s hot or cold or somewhere in the middle, HVAC technicians will always have a job.”
Modernized and sophisticated control systems require advanced training and education. Technicians must be able to repair older systems and roll out smart phone technology for today’s smart phone generation.
Students can expect to develop a variety of skills in heating (boilers, geothermal, furnaces, air exchangers), cooling (air conditioning & refrigeration), ventilation (air quality control), electrical (control installation and maintenance)
Skilled HVAC/R Technicians Are Needed to Meet the Needs of a Strong Industry with Increasing Demands
As the demand for newer equipment increases, skilled and certified HVAC/R technicians enjoy abundant opportunities and attractive income levels. “Future growth will stay strong due to the many baby boomers who are starting to retire. With a median income of $42,800, it is a very attractive field,” said Dennis Haessly, HVAC/R instructor at Polaris Career Center, Akron, OH.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth for the years 2012 through 2022 to be higher than average, above 21 percent. This translates to 55,900 additional HVAC/R technicians needed to meet the needs of a robust field with increasing demands.
About IntelliTec in Grand Junction
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction offers hands-on career training in Automotive Technician, Business Office Administration & Accounting, Cosmetologist, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Refrigeration & HVAC Technician with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request more info at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 1-800-724-9636.
HVAC Program Supervisor
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction