A Rewarding Career Awaits in the HVAC Industry. Just ask Frank Riley.

July 16, 2021
James Kent


In today’s rapidly changing world, the aging workforce in technical and trade careers, including the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) industry, is a significant challenge. With advancements in energy management and new HVAC systems hitting the market every year, the need for young, skilled workers is more pressing than ever. However, attracting this next generation to trade careers has been increasingly difficult, leading to an alarming age gap between new hires and the older generation exiting the workforce. A 2022 Business Conditions survey indicated 57% of respondents experienced skilled labor shortages.

So, the question arises, “How can the HVAC industry attract and retain younger talent, and what does a successful career in this field look like?”

Frank Riley, a Chiller Technician at Engineered Cooling Services, A Service Logic Company, shared his journey in the HVAC industry and his perspective on working for Engineered Cooling Services.

In this spotlight, Frank discusses:

  • His early introduction to the HVAC industry and how it shaped his career
  • The importance of partnerships with local trade schools in mentoring future technicians and bridging the age gap in the industry
  • The ever-evolving future of HVAC, the need for young talent, and his advice to those considering this career path

Frank Riley began his career in the HVAC industry at the tender age of fifteen, working for his grandfather’s small residential company during the summers. His early introduction to the field instilled a strong work ethic in him and paved the way for a successful career. Over the years, he has become a valued Chiller Technician at Engineered Cooling Services, renowned for his knowledge and willingness to mentor younger team members.

Riley’s story is not just an inspiration for those considering a career in the trades but also a testament to the rewarding and evolving nature of the HVAC industry. His passion for teaching and nurturing the next generation of technicians has been instrumental in Engineered Cooling Services’ efforts to bridge the age gap in the industry. His commitment to the industry and his role in bringing in fresh talent underline the need for more young people to consider this ever-evolving field a fulfilling lifelong career.

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