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    Former Employee - Senior HVAC Residential Service Technician in Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Senior HVAC Residential Service Technician in Springfield, MA
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    I've made several good friendships with my working peers during my employment here. I had the opportunity to present my professional skills and experiences to hundreds of HVAC technician hopefuls and it is very gratifying to see the student have the light go on when a certain task is completed and the principles of it are understood. As an instructor, once the ability to teach has been proven, there is freedom from the supervisor to allow you to be creative with your teaching style. We used to boast a high 80% percent placement with around 3/4 of them sustaining employment.


    I am not a disgruntled former employee. I'm stating the facts as I saw and experienced them. Back when I started in 5-05 this was a great place to work. Everyone in the department looked out for each other and worked together. It was a family type of environment. The school has been bought and sold so many time over the past 12 years, the family feel has long ago been abolished by the owners. With the schools ownership changing hands so much it has become a cash machine. No raises, only part-time teaching positions, hiring at the lowest possible salaries, benefits are losing their appeal, etc. The curriculum has changed as well. They have a Dr. of education. This a single person whose job is to create the curriculum. This individual has limited knowledge of the trade. Not a good thing for the program. It use to be a very well designed and informative program, but to be able to increase profits for the owners and qualify for higher financial aid for the students, the program was extended to meet the government hourly course guidelines. The result is a poor educational program that is filled with fluff and unnecessary information which is very difficult to teach effectively. Students leaving the school and entering the field have worse skills than they did back in the good ole days. I have in the past 3 years talked with employers of a lot of graduates and most say they had to fire the former student because they don't have what it takes to sustain employment due to lack of knowledge, ability and understanding the job requirements. Textbooks in my opinion, are the back bone of the graduate. The ability to quickly access information at ones fingertips is crucial for a technician who is new to the field. Thumbing through a book that your familiar with is more helpful because you know where the information is in the book and while turning pages you might see something else that will be helpful. The whole program is on a server including the quizzes which make correcting answers difficult on essay questions and math calculations can't be seen to be able to identify where the mistake was made.I could go on and on, but I won't.

    Advice to Management

    Read my review on the cons and do your best to recreate the good ole days. Part-time employees are not as committed to your mission as full-time employees are. They are as committed to you as you are to them. Its a business and I get it, but P&C used to be a business with a conscious. All your good program supervisors quit including myself and now you can't find good quality people to fill those positions. Karma sucks doesn't it?

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