Our time with Blake, Brenan and Michael has come to an end. So we asked them to tell us about their experiences – what they learned, what surprised them, and let us know if they still feel like they made the right decision in pursuing a career path in HVAC.

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Blake Hodge: What the Future Holds

2019 was a crazy year. I have been busier than ever before with school, work, and events. On top of everything I already had going on, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in the Shurtape Mission. The mission was a great experience and really gave me the chance to reflect on my decision to enter the HVAC field.

I remember the day I received the email that I was chosen to be a participant in the mission. I was so excited and honored to be given this opportunity. Now that the mission is coming to an end, I can say that it did not disappoint in the slightest bit. The articles written each month gave us students a great chance to be able to look deeper into the HVAC field and really think about our future in the workforce. Although some articles were more difficult than others to write, they all were a great task to complete. During the past ten months I did not have any doubts or regrets about participating in the mission. Every month I was excited to receive my next topic and begin working on it.

As for my future in the HVAC field, I will finish my third year of college at Ferris State University in the spring, with plans of achieving my bachelor’s degree in May of 2021. After I finish my third year in the spring, I will begin my internship over the summer working in the controls field. I am very excited and eager about the upcoming internship. It will be interesting to learn more about controls and to see if this is my fit in the HVAC field. Beyond this summer, I do not know what the future will hold. The one thing that I believe is certain about my future is that I will be working in HVAC.

Brenan Vogt: The Right Job for Me

 My overall experience with this program has been great.  Making these submissions has been great because it helps me to think about everything that I have done and accomplished over the past recent months.  It also helps me realize just how much that I have learned already even though I’m just beginning my journey as an HVAC technician.  What’s surprising to me is that no matter how long you be been in the field, there’s always something to be learned.  One of my Co-Workers has been in the field for over 45 years and still sees things that he’s never come across before every day.  I definitely feel that I made the right decision with my career choice and plan to grow each and every day as I learn more and more.  My goal remains the same of becoming the owner of a company someday, but I definitely plan on staying in the field in the long term, I definitely think that this is the right job for me!

Michael Clemons: HVAC Field is the Right Choice

I would first like to thank Shurtape for the opportunity to write these posts. This has been a wonderful experience. I was able to connect with people in different ways and picked their heads on different topics that I would generally not ask them about. I was surprised on what they had to say and getting their reaction when I told about this program and the opportunities Shurtape was giving students.  At this time, I believe that I made the right choice to go into the HVAC field. I feel that I have learned a lot and that I will never stop learning. I started doing residential work and now I will be transitioning to industrial/commercial. I have high hopes for the future of the HVAC field.. Two years ago, I fixed the furnace in my family’s house when it stopped working. Several YouTube videos and online articles later, I got it to work. This is when I first started looking into the field and eventually applied to DMACC and majored in HVAC-R. I can’t wait for what the future hold for me and my fellow students and would once again I would like to thank Shurtape for this opportunity.

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