The HVAC industry is not perceived as a very prestigious and glamorous industry for young engineers and technicians from University and college. When informing others of the HVAC industry, the first thing that springs to everyone mind is small comfort cooling equipment that is sold in the local convenience store. The public and young engineers need to be made aware of the necessity, the challenges and the rewards of this industry.
Once interest is sparked and passion is developed, the entire industry can move forward with the goal of new innovation, implementation and development. The HVAC industry is growing according to the US Bureau of Labour whereby the HVAC industry will grow by 29% from 2012 to 2018.
As an industry, we need to feed the demand by sparking interest for all young and aspiring engineers and technicians at the undergraduate level. One small step to accomplish this goal is to bring awareness at the undergraduate level. Companies should get involved to promote the requirements and the satisfaction one will gain once working in this industry. Promotion of projects on a grand scale should be used to promote awareness. I am sure any engineer would be proud to say, "I was the HVAC engineer that designed the HVAC cooling system for the newly constructed shopping mall in Johannesburg." In addition to showing the glorious side of a successful project, companies should also illustrate to young graduates that practical application of theory is required for overall success.
Once these two steps have been followed, curiosity will be sparked. Curiosity will develop into interest. Interest will then develop into passion. Once passion is ignited with guidance from companies, we will have the winning formula to address the shills shortage but more importantly, build the future of tomorrow whereby society can benefit from the workings of yesterday.
Michael Young is a mechanical engineer by trait and is the managing director of M & Y Consultants and Trainers. He helps young engineers grow within the mechanical engineering industry through his workshops and coaching packages. His vision is to provide knowledge to young engineers so we can help the industry grow