College tuition prices are on the rise, and outsourcing is as popular as ever. Given these trends, many young people are opting for vocational training instead. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the need for HVACR professionals will grow by 21% (almost double the national average) by 2022, growing demand for these outsource-resistant jobs – and a growing number of qualified trade school graduates – mean that the industry will remain competitive.
Continuing education is one of the best ways to stay ahead in the ever-evolving HVACR job market. However, any training program is only as good as its instructors. The Certified Contractor program from Heatcraft is a prime example of how an experienced training team can benefit your business.
The Certified Contractor program offers classroom and hands-on technical training on several popular (and proprietary) Heatcraft control systems: The Beacon II™ Refrigeration System, the Quick Response Controller, and the Smart Controller II™. Contractors leave the program with knowledge of installation, programming, troubleshooting, operational cycles, and more - not to mention a company listing on Heatcraft’s website once certified. But the program’s most valuable asset may be its instructors – and the decades of complementary experience they bring to each class.
The training and certification program is led by Joe Jones, Technical Training Manager for Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration. Jones’ resume includes more than 47 years of experience in the refrigeration industry. In that time, he’s developed countless training materials for contractors and customers alike, from video tutorials to podcasts. He specializes in making technical material accessible and relatable, ensuring that contractors leave the program fully prepared to tackle real-world challenges.
In September 2016, Heatcraft announced Stanley Osborne as Sr. Technical Training Consultant. He holds not one, but four professional master’s licenses in plumbing, heating and air, electrical, and low voltage. Prior to joining Jones on Heatcraft’s training team, Osborne served for 11 years as a faculty instructor at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA, where he taught courses related to HVAC, refrigeration, and electrical standards. He’s also served as President of the Five Star Chapter of R.S.E.S., and holds a variety of certifications related to commercial refrigeration and air conditioning from N.A.T.E., Ferris State University, Lanier Technical College, Athens Technical College, and more.
Although the Heatcraft Certified Contractor program is relatively new, its highly skilled instructors help it stand out in an expanding field of continuing education options for contractors. The program’s first graduate – Jeff Victory of CORE Mechanical in Houston, TX – had this to say: “The training is exceptional - hands-on and highly intuitive. I highly recommend every refrigeration contracting business pursue being a Heatcraft Certified Contractor.”For more information on the program, visit heatcraftrpd.com/contractor