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NEWS NEWS Analysis Confirms Skills Crisis in HVACR Sector The HVACR Workforce Development Foundation (the Foundation) recently released three reports confirming that demand outstrips the supply of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) employees. In particular, mechanics and installers are in critical shortage in most U.S. areas. Among its findings, the Foundation estimates more than 100,000 new mechanics and installers will be needed in next seven years. The crisis appears to stem from increased growth in the sector and the ongoing retirement of Baby Boomers, coupled with the fact HVACR programs in technical and community colleges haven't been able to train, attract, and prepare enough participants to meet current and anticipated demands. As a result, HVACR employers are finding it difficult to fill positions, especially for refrigeration and HVAC technicians, taking, respectively, 44 and 36 days longer than the national average of 29 days in filling similar positions. According to the Foundation's research, while almost half It's taking 36 days longer to fill HVAC-technician positions. Similar positions in other industries currently require 29 days. of all mechanics and installers will retire in the next decade, post-secondary HVACR programs are not filling the seats needed to support these jobs. The reports detail the opportunities available for HVACR workers and address the unique issues constraining the pipeline for these roles. The analysis concludes with the introduction of a North American Plan to reduce the employment gap. More information on the Arlington, VA-based HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, including its members and industry supporters, as well as an executive summary of the referenced research is available at Partners to Offer Reliability Certification The Life Cycle Institute, affiliated with the Life Cycle Engineering consultancy, Charleston, SC, has partnered with the Univ. of Kansas to offer a Reliability Engineering Certification (REC) at the university's Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS, beginning in spring 2016. The Univ. of Kansas is the third top-100 engineering school to offer the REC, following Clemson Univ. and The Ohio State Univ. The REC builds and certifies individual competency in reliability engineering and asset management. Successful candidates will be able to apply reliability engineering to 12 | MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY build asset-management programs that are consistent with ISO 55000 Asset Management standards. It requires completion of four courses-Reliability Engineering, Risk-Based Asset Management, Predictive Maintenance Strategy, and Root-Cause Analysis-plus documentation that the individual has applied reliability engineering to create value for their organization. For more information or to register, visit OCTOBER 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology October 2015

My Take
For on the Floor
Industry News
Crushing Limestone with Reliability
Choose Reliability or Cost Control
Get To The Root of the Cause
Select the Right Safety Logic System
Simple Purchasing Practices Incite Lubrication Failure
CMMS Upgrade Tips
Pump-Bearing Alignment
Lockout/Tagout Advice
Advancing Ergonomics
Ad Index

Maintenance Technology October 2015