BRIDGETON, MO – Hussmann Corporation, a Panasonic company, announced it is launching TechX, a new high-level training program with Lincoln Educational Services Corporation. Starting in May 2018, students will have the opportunity to train for Hussmann careers in the inaugural Advanced Refrigeration Training Center at Lincoln Tech’s Grand Prairie, TX campus. With an industry-wide shortage of technicians, and almost 60,000 HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) positions projected to open in the United States in the next six years, Hussmann sources say the company envisions a bright outcome from the TechX program: Being able to more readily identify and hire the right candidates for the Hussmann Services team.
Donna Ward, Director of Human Resources at Hussmann, says there is a continuous need for trained, experienced HVACR technicians across the country. There are a variety of levels of opportunity for anyone desiring to build a career in the industry.
“The refrigeration industry is booming,” agrees Elisha Bailez, Project Manager at Hussmann. “We’re constantly on the lookout for technicians who love to work with their hands and learn something new every day. That’s why this new TechX program is so exciting. Graduates of the TechX program reduce three years of on-the-job training by adding this 8 week post graduate training, propelling their career advancement opportunities in the HVACR industry and with Hussmann.”
Ward says many Hussmann field technicians have stayed with the company for more than 30 years. In fact, several employees are second and third-generation family members. “We’re known for our stable organization that promotes from within and supports our employees’ learning and growth,” says Ward.
“With Hussmann, HVAC/R technicians have the chance to perform work that really matters,” adds Ashley Turner, Vice President of Branch Operations at Hussmann. “You’re providing a valuable service that customers can’t find anywhere else - climate control and food safety - and you’re doing it at a level of excellence that’s associated with the Hussmann name.”
Hussmann’s decision to formalize the partnership with Lincoln Tech comes from the tech school’s “culture of growth” and its desire to recharge the HVACR industry. The training program will initially be available to graduates of Lincoln Tech’s HVACR schools, but could potentially accept other types of applicants. Hussmann will sponsor the students accepted by covering tuition, room and board. Successful graduates of the program will be placed within Hussmann's services division.
“We’re grateful to Hussmann for not only agreeing to sponsor the students that will train at Lincoln Tech, but also for supplying the necessary equipment and serving as a model industry partner,” says Scott Shaw, President and CEO of Lincoln Tech.
The first eight-week training class is scheduled to begin at Lincoln Tech’s Grand Prairie campus in May 2018. Three more classes are slated for later in 2018.