Skilled workers hard to find on the Treasure Coast

It's a nationwide problem that's only getting worse and companies on the Treasure Coast are feeling the pain.  They have open positions but can't find skilled workers.

When there's a problem with your air conditioning, you can feel it and see it on your thermostat but it's becoming tougher to find someone trained to fix it.

Virgil Moore and his coworker showed us how they work on air conditioning units at customer homes.

“This is the peak of my season,” says Moore.

Right now Moore’s employer, Krauss & Crane, receive an average of 30 calls every day.

“Everybody needs air conditioning in South Florida and to find an HVAC Tech these days is very hard,” says Moore.

He’s not the only one having that trouble.

Inside your newspaper you'll find ads from companies looking for carpenters, mechanics and painters. There are plenty of openings online. Monster.com has more than a dozen HVAC jobs in the Stuart area. But what companies really want is experience.

“Right now we're hiring people that have basic mechanical skills not to do with air conditioning but we're trying to train them,” says Moore.

Moore says it’s not a glamorous job, but heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is steady work. He adds people can make $70,000 to $80,000 a year depending on their certifications.

“A lot of these kids today are going toward computers and everything else that doesn't qualify for mechanics,” says Moore.

According to the National Home Builders Association, 60 percent of builders this year have experienced delays because of shortages in carpentry, masonry, plumbing and other trades. Nine percent reported they lost or had to cancel sales.
 

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