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Apprenticeship Diaries #2

Posted by Ed Rebish on Mar 28, 2016, 4:41:08 PM

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At eighteen years old, I had my life planned out perfectly – or so I thought. It was the summer of 1997 and I had just graduated Strongsville High School and was set to attend Cuyahoga Community College, and transfer to OSU shortly after. My older sisters had already gone off to college, and my parents wanted, even expected, me to follow suit. My neighbor owned an HVAC company, and offered me a job delivering parts to his technicians for the summer. Business was booming that year, and before I knew it I was being sent on service calls, and doing fairly well.

Later that summer, my neighbor offered to send me to an HVAC technical school. Enrolling in the West Side Institute of Technology was a decision neither I nor my parents would have predicted, but doing so has afforded me many unforeseen and unexpected professional opportunities that extended well beyond field work. Through technical school, on the job training, and field experience, I was able to successfully build a mechanical HVAC career at a very young age.

After several years of working on the mechanical aspects of heating and cooling, I got the opportunity to transition to Automation Controls, which had been an interest of mine since technical school. Building automation is an in-demand and rapidly evolving industry.  I was afforded the opportunity to work with some very talented individuals who were instrumental in my quick education and acceleration of my skill level.  They have all been witness to my growth and development.  

I never would have anticipated that a career beginning with technical school and working out of a service van 19 years ago would have resulted in me being a highly regarded automation professional in Northeast Ohio. On April 8th, I will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to show case my team and our new controls department at Air Force One. 

Topics: Workforce Development, Workforce, Apprenticeships, Apprenticeship Diaries, Building Automation, Career Pathways, Technical Education, Automation Controls

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