Wanted – HVACR Technicians
Must have 5 years experience and own their own tools.
…isn’t working anymore.
Just in case you haven’t noticed, it is very (and I mean very) hard to find any HVACR technicians to hire theses days. I speak with many contractors across the country, everyone is beginning to feel the crunch. Our problem use to be, not enough customers, we are now entering into a time when the problem is, NOT ENOUGH TECHS!
A new study commissioned by the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation found that the industry that provides heating and cooling and environmental safety is on the cusp of being severely affected by a crisis in the supply of technicians and mechanics to install and maintain the life-saving and comfort-creating equipment that people everywhere depend on every day. Employers in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Refrigeration (HVACR) industry have serious concerns; they cannot fill the jobs that exist today in the HVACR industry. And when they project their need for workers into the next decade, by any measure they are confronting an escalating employment crisis.
The study goes on to say, “This crisis presents an opportunity for employers and instructors to familiarize themselves with these findings and formulate a plan before the situation becomes dire.”
They also conducted a survey and found that 50% of the respondents plan on retiring from the HVACR industry in the next 10 years. That is half of the current workforce… your current workforce!
So, what are you doing to change the way you find, hire, train, and retain you techs? Are you still posting, the now obsolete, “5 Years Experience” Craigslist ads? Times are changing and you’d better change too.
Here are some things you can start now:
- Implement an in house apprenticeship/training program.
- Look for great candidates outside the HVACR industry, train them.
- Look at your current helpers/installers, you may find a hidden superstar.
If you’re feeling the technician crunch now, it will only get worse. Burying your head in the sand will not make it better.
Get moving before it is too late!!!!