By participating in the Shurtape Mission: HVAC program, I have become more familiar with all the different aspects of the HVAC field.
Daniel, Matt and Josue have reached their final mission in our inaugural Mission: HVAC, Educating for Success program. To cap off the past several months of their hard work completing our challenges, we asked them to reflect on what they learned and the hopes they have for their futures.
This program has been an enriching, eye-opening and rewarding experience for us. Throughout the various challenges, our Mission: HVAC students have helped us walk in their shoes. Obtaining that technical education may be time-consuming, but you can’t beat the hands-on training and experience that comes along with it.
While we bid farewell to Daniel, Josue and Matt – and thank them for their hard-work and effort in rising to every challenge – we look forward to what the future may bring with these talented individuals entering the field.
Josue: My Future Awaits
I am getting ready to graduate next spring after all the hard work I’ve put into school. I’m just glad I decided to go to school since it has provided me with the teachable skills necessary to succeed in the HVAC field. The labs at Athens Tech have prepared me for real-life troubleshooting scenarios. I’ve learned the theory behind air-conditioning technology and it has sharpened my work skills.
And, I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the Shurtape Mission: HVAC program through school. Writing my blog posts has helped me reflect on what I’ve learned and why I’m pursuing a career in HVAC. It has been a lot of fun interviewing different people – from those in the trade to my future customers.
I hope I encouraged others to join the field after reading this blog. I highly recommend it – there is such a high demand for technicians and the HVAC field offers job security. But don’t skip out on the schooling. Go to school. Get the certifications and degree. It will give you a head start when applying for jobs. That education isn’t just a piece of paper – it provides so many opportunities in life.
Matt: Opportunity Knocks
I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved in this program. By participating in the Shurtape Mission: HVAC program, I have become more familiar with all the different aspects of the HVAC field. I have been given the opportunity to not only interview professionals in the HVAC field, but also some in related fields that work with HVAC technicians. I have learned the importance of – and need to – educate customers on proper maintenance of their heating and air conditioning systems. And I have a better understanding of all that is involved with installation, from ensuring the proper codes are met (and why this is so important) to the need for regular maintenance of the systems afterward.
I was fortunate enough to find a company that would hire a student just beginning the training for his career. Up next? I’m finishing my education at Athens Tech and looking forward to graduating with a diploma in Air Conditioning Technology. But it doesn’t end there. I plan to further my education by completing my Nate certificates. For those of you entering into your educational career – or thinking about it – try to get the most out of your education.
Those classes will provide you with real-life situations – so pay attention. And don’t forget to take advantage of the numerous opportunities out there.