On Wednesday, January 14, The Huot Technical Center offered an exploration panel to provide information about careers in Plumbing and HVAC systems. Students from the Huot Center Plumbing and Heating Class and the regional sending schools attended the panel discussion made up of guest speakers from local companies and agencies.
Students had the opportunity to hear firsthand how their education will play out in the real world – and the future is bright! The Heating and Plumbing field has been established by the Federal Government as a “Bright Outlook” field, meaning employment is expected to grow rapidly for the next several years and will have large amounts of openings, including in areas of new and emerging occupations. The plumbing industry is an up-and-coming career that requires training and a strong, dedicated personality. Becoming a plumber with the education from the Huot Plumbing program helps ensure a secure job, and a good income. During the discussion, students discovered that the plumbing industry is one of the most stable careers in the country, and trained workers in the heating and plumbing fields are in high demand in today’s world.
Harvey Woodside of the Granite Group echoed these statements, explaining that once trained, a plumber could gain employment in any location around the country and the world. Bob Terrio of Stafford Oil, explained how the majority of the plumbing and heating workforce are seasoned employees, and the need for a young competent workforce is immanent. Cliff Grenon, an alumni from the Huot Tech Plumbing and Heating class 2001 and Jason Cross, both from Laconia Refrigeration, explained how their role relies on self-discipline, and is challenging; always varied with opportunities to constantly learn new approaches and work with new technologies. RJ Pauley, a 2014 Huot Plumbing and Heating Alumni, discussed how he gained successful employment at Granite State Heating & Plumbing, LLC. and enrollment into the apprenticeship program. RJ shared how the Huot program helped him advance in his apprenticeship. Because his class hours at the Huot were taken into consideration, he was able to complete the typical 4-year program in only 3. Fran Wendelboe, President of the Belmont 4-H Fairgrounds described how the 2nd year plumbing students have been invaluable in the renovation of the 300-year-old building. Fran gave great advice of work practices and expectations, and tied in local industry practices with state legislation.
Students were encouraged to ask questions and talk individually with the employers. They were excited about the potential areas of employment, which include: Private Contractors, Plumbing Supply Companies, Building Supply Companies, Federal State and Local Governments, Industry and Institutions (Maintenance), Heating Supply Companies, Air Conditioning Supply Companies, Fuel Oil Companies.
The Huot Technical Institute is grateful for the continued relationships within the community. The local guest speakers offered a face and inspiring testimonial to the purpose of what students are learning. Students walked away with a greater insight into their options after completing the Heating and Plumbing program, and the possibilities of pursuing a successful career.
For more information on the Huot Technical Center Plumbing and Heating Program, please contact Mike Schofield – firstname.lastname@example.org