In NE Arkansas most applicants coming out of local trade schools can't draw a refrigerant circuit and use it to discuss superheat, sub cooling, latent heat or sensible heat. They seem to be even more lost on very, very basic electrical. We have a real shortage of apprentices and tech around here and our shop has been operating short of manning for months.
Apprentices start at $16.
After 6 months and if able to discuss theory automatically go to $20.
After a total of 3 years including school time, with basic Nate certification and able to discuss a little more theory, they advance to $24.
After 5 years total experience, Senior Nate more in-depth theory discussion $28.
Industrial environment, guaranteed 40 hr week, decent medical, vacation
For this area you would think that we'd be turning people away, it sounds like an ad that would have lots of good people looking for an opportunity. However, we can't find people who will show up to work or who can pass a drug test.
Can't figure it out! Generally speaking I'm seeing a new generation that doesn't really want to work, but that is a subject in itself. I am always glad when we run across the exception. From conversations with others,I don't believe it is isolated to only the HVAC industry,