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Fieldpiece to Present $25K in Scholarship Funds to Support Rising Stars in the HVACR Industry  Fieldpiece Instruments, a leader in tool and test instruments for HVACR professionals for over 30 years, is pleased to announce the second annual #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship. Fieldpiece partnered with SkillsUSA to administer the distribution of more than $25,000 in 2023 scholarship Read more

Fieldpiece to Present $25K in Scholarship Funds to Support Rising Stars in the HVACR Industry 

Fieldpiece Instruments, a leader in tool and test instruments for HVACR professionals for over 30 years, is pleased to announce the second annual #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship. Fieldpiece partnered with SkillsUSA to administer the distribution of more than $25,000 in 2023 scholarship opportunities designed to give back to the HVACR industry it proudly serves. The #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship will support 13 SkillsUSA students studying HVACR in their junior or senior year of high school, or as college or postsecondary students, granting them funds to continue their education in a college or postsecondary HVACR technology program. Seven $2,500 criteria-based postsecondary education scholarships will go to SkillsUSA HVAC students and a total of $10,000 in scholarships will go to the six gold, silver and bronze medal-winning high school and college/postsecondary students who top the leader-boards of the National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC).

“As a sincere advocate for the HVACR community, Fieldpiece strives to support both new and seasoned professionals in the HVACR industry,” said Tony Gonzalez, technical training manager at Fieldpiece Instruments. “Our commitment goes beyond simply designing and developing HVACR tools that enhance the way techs work. Fieldpiece is devoted to the future of the industry and is proud to help ensure young up-and-coming professionals are well-equipped with tools, knowledge and resources to support their future success. Whether supporting techs through free online training resources like Fieldpiece University, an online platform designed to keep industry professionals at the top of their game; or supporting the path to an HVACR career with scholarships like #MasteroftheTrade, we want to see our community thrive!” 

Through this continued scholarship offering, Fieldpiece Instruments also sheds light on the shortage of trained labor in the HVACR industry. With more than 110,000 unfilled HVAC technician jobs, Fieldpiece hopes to help spread the word about the positive career opportunities the industry offers.

“There is a critical need for more HVACR technicians,” said Chelle Travis, executive director at SkillsUSA. “We sincerely thank Fieldpiece Instruments for supporting SkillsUSA and our nation’s future workforce. We are rolling up our sleeves every day to support career and technical education as we forge meaningful partnerships with industry. Working together with Fieldpiece Instruments, we can help close the skills gap.”

To apply for the seven #MasteroftheTrade Scholarships, applicants must be SkillsUSA members enrolled in its HVACR or general construction programs who plan to study HVACR at the college or postsecondary level in the class of 2023-24 (high school seniors) or 2024-25 school year (high school juniors). The scholarship application must include a resume and either an essay (300 words or fewer) or a video (1-3 minutes) answering the question: “Why have you chosen a career in HVACR?” The scholarship opened on Dec. 1 and applications must be submitted by April 1, 2023. Scholarship recipients will be announced on May 16, 2023.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the merit of the application including the essay or video and the proficiency of the SkillsUSA Framework skills demonstrated in the application materials. To receive the funds, scholarship recipients must provide an acceptance letter from their postsecondary education program or their first semester tuition invoice. The funds will be distributed directly to the school.

 

The SkillsUSA Championships is the nation’s largest workforce development event for middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs. The contests are planned by representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures — an area of concern to labor and management alike — are part of each contestant’s score. SkillsUSA represents 130 different occupational areas and adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships each year to meet the demands of new or expanding careers. In 2023, the SkillsUSA Championships will feature more than 6,000 competitors in 110 hands-on skill and leadership contests. Each contestant is a state gold medalist.

Visit www.fieldpiece.com/Scholarship for more information.

Twelve top plumbing and HVACR students received honors in the plumbing and HVACR competitions of the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Contest, held last week in Louisville, Ky. The PHCC Educational Foundation supports the plumbing and HVACR contests each year. The Foundation’s Plumbing Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee makes up the majority of the Read more

Twelve top plumbing and HVACR students received honors in the plumbing and HVACR competitions of the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Contest, held last week in Louisville, Ky.

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The PHCC Educational Foundation supports the plumbing and HVACR contests each year. The Foundation’s Plumbing Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee makes up the majority of the SkillsUSA Plumbing Technical Committee, and members were on hand to set up and help with contest judging. The PHCC Educational Foundation also has a representative on the SkillsUSA HVACR Technical Committee, who assists with set up and contest judging.

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Throughout the week, nearly 6,100 secondary and postsecondary career and technical education students competed in more than 100 trades contests. This year’s plumbing honors went to:

1st Place Secondary – Robert Fluke, Upper Cape Regional, Bourne, Mass.
1st Place Post-Secondary – Jesse Hornback, Elizabethtown Technical College, Elizabethtown, Ky.
2nd Place Secondary – Christian Weeks, Papillon LaVista South High School, Papillon, Neb.
2nd Place Post-Secondary – Jonathan Hill, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Ogden, Utah
3rd Place Secondary – Mason Steiner, Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, Cal.
3rd Place Post-Secondary – Travis Slankard, Kansas City (KS) Community College Technical Education Center, Kansas City, Kan.

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This year’s HVACR honors went to:

1st Place Secondary – Andrew Shupert, Warren County Career Center, Lebanon, Ohio
1st Place Post-Secondary – Matthew Boden, Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, S.D.
2nd Place Secondary – Krzysztof Zamajtys, Eastern Suffolk BOCES – Milliken Technical Center, Oakdale, N.Y.
2nd Place Post-Secondary – Josiah Tiegs, Saint Cloud Technical and Community College, Saint Cloud, Minn.
3rd Place Secondary – Dustin Curtis, Red River Technology Center, Duncan, Okla.
3rd Place Post-Secondary – Brandon Martin, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, N.C.

Technical committee members for this year’s event included:

·         Robyn Bucknam, DEWALT Industrial Tool Co., Mooresville, N. C. (plumbing)
·         Bob Carpenter, SharkTech Academy, Atlanta, Ga. (plumbing)
·         Danny Crigler, L & D Associates, Inc., Aroda, Va. (plumbing)
·         Laurie Crigler, L & D Associates, Inc., Aroda, Va. (plumbing)
·         Robert Hahn, Co-Chair, Eastwick College, HoHoKus School of Trades, Union, N. J. (plumbing)
·         Merry Beth Hall, Co-Chair, PHCC Educational Foundation, Falls Church, Va. (plumbing)
·         Victor Hatcher, Tyler Pipe and Coupling, Tyler, Tex. (plumbing)
·         Tim House, Kentucky Association of Master Contractors, Frankfort, Ky. (plumbing)
·         Bill Jones, Raven Mechanical, Houston, Texas (plumbing)
·         Stephanie Kamba, Milwaukee Electric Tool Co., Brookfield, Wis. (plumbing)
·         Harold Moret, Copper Development Association, Braselton, Ga. (plumbing)
·         Dennis Peters, DKP Plumbing, Paso Robles, Cal. (plumbing)
·         Patrick Peterson, SharkTech Academy, Atlanta, Ga. (plumbing)
·         Dale Powell, Copper Development Association, Harrisburg, Pa. (plumbing)
·         Joe Pritchard, Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, Waterford, Wis. (plumbing)
·         Tony Senninger, Senninger Plumbing Co., Louisville, Ky. (plumbing)
·         Jamie Simpson, Schaal Heating & Cooling, Des Moines, Iowa (HVACR)
·         Jim Steinle, Atomic Plumbing, Virginia Beach, Va. (plumbing)
·         James Walls, Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, Garland, Texas (plumbing)

The plumbing competition was made possible by the following generous industry sponsors:

Headline Sponsors: A. O. Smith; American Supply Association; Copper Development Association, Inc.; Kohler; Viega, LLC; and Zoeller Pump Co.

Additional prizes, materials and on-site support provided by: A. O. Smith; American Supply Assn.; BrassCraft Manufacturing Co.; Caddy; Calculated Industries; Carhartt; Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute; Charlotte Pipe & Foundry; Copper Development Assn.; Delta Faucet Company; DEWALT Tools & Accessories; Harris Products Group; Irwin Industrial Tools; Kentucky Assn. of Master Contractors; Kohler; Lenox; Matheson Gas; MILWAUKEE TOOL; NIBCO, Inc.; Oatey; PHCC Educational Foundation; PHCC – National Association; Plumbers Supply Co.; RIDGID/Ridge Tool Company; Rothenberger USA; Senninger Plumbing Co.; SharkBite; Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.; Tyler Pipe; UA Local 502; Viega, LLC; and Zoeller Pump Co.