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Career & Technical School News

HVAC/R students heat up their future at career fair

A dozen employers recruit CTE students 

Appollo recruiters talk with a CTE studentA couple dozen Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) adult and high school students looking to heat up their futures met with several area heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) companies on March 29 during an HVAC/R job fair on CTE's Albany campus.

Armed with resumes and portfolios, students one-by-one met with employers ranging from Apollo Heating to LaPan’s Precision Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating.

"I felt completely prepared for the interview," said CTE student Alex LeClair, from Voorheesville.

Besides the daily lessons in heating and cooling, CTE students also learn such soft skills as how to prepare a resume, conduct themselves during interviews and communicate. Mock interviews and resume review sessions are conducted by CTE faculty and staff in preparation for student graduation and career fairs.

"The experience was good. I can't wait for my call from them," said John Crowther, a senior from Mohonasenasen.

Besides Apollo and LaPan's, other companies on hand to recruit CTE students included:

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Alex LeClair talks to a recruiterColonie Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
  • ABC Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc.
  • Main-Care Energy
  • Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Adams Heating and Cooling Co.

The same job fair two years ago resulted in approximately 10 adult and high school students finding either permanent or summer employment, said HVAC/R teacher Frank Ando.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment of HVAC/R technicians will grow 21 percent faster than the average for all occupations by 2022. The job outlook is particularly strong for students "familiar with computers and electronics and those with good troubleshooting employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to work on complex new systems."

The HVAC/R program at the Albany campus of the Capital Region BOCES CTE gives students a solid career foundation in the HVAC/R industry. In a state-of-the art classroom, students learn about ventilation, piping, refrigerants and refrigeration, furnaces and boilers.

In the top photo, Apollo recruiters talk with CTE student Thorne Sperry of South Colonie.

In the second photo, Alex LeClair talks with a recruiter.





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