John Moore Home Services Trains New Generation of Skilled-Trade Workers

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skilled-trade labor- which includes careers in plumbing, electrical
work, home renovations, and HVAC repair- has taken a hit recently as
more and more high-school graduates pursue careers in other fields.
Houston-based home service leader John Moore Home Services seeks to
reverse this trend and encourage a larger portion of the incoming
labor-force to join the ranks of the industry with John Moore Tech. John
Moore Tech is a fast-paced program that provides continuing education to
HVAC technicians who have had some prior training in the skilled-trades,
as well as interns who are eager to learn but may not have any previous
training. Students who successfully complete the program will also be
considered for a full-time position at John Moore. The program will
begin its second year of vocational training on February 12th.

“The goal of John Moore Tech is to fully prepare technicians and refine
their skills to the level of quality expected from homeowners,
especially customers of John Moore,” says John Moore Tech Trainer Donny
Bright. “There is a higher demand for skilled-trade labor than ever
before. We’re not seeing as many high school graduates pursue careers as
plumbers or HVAC technicians, but there are a record number of homes
that need AC and plumbing work. John Moore Tech is our way of
reinvigorating our noble industry and investing in the future of
skilled-trade labor and the American economy as a whole.”

The shortage of young skilled-trade workers presents a severe and
growing problem for the US economy. According to EMSI, 53% of skilled
laborers in 2012 were 45 or older, and the average age of an HVAC
employee was about 55 years old. With only around 6% of current high
school students considering a career in the trades, there is a huge gap
between the demand for skilled-trade work and the size of the upcoming
skilled-trade labor force. An aging infrastructure compounded by the
lack of an available labor force to maintain and upgrade pipes,
electrical systems, HVAC systems, and other technologies that have
become essential to daily life has led to a major concern: will there be
a enough skilled-trade workers in the near future to sustain and improve
the current US infrastructure?

“The current demand for skilled-trade labor presents a major opportunity
for those interested in the skilled trades,” says John Moore CEO Don
Valentine. “What many people don’t take into account is that in four
months, they can be making more than the average 4-year college
graduate. The average plumber makes about $52,000 a year. And when you
take into account our full benefit package including medical, dental,
vision, life, short and long-term disability, 401K, holiday and vacation
pay, it’s a career you can raise a family with. And furthermore, they’ll
be fulfilling something our country needs in the near future.”

Last year alone, John Moore Tech graduated 98 students, many of whom
continued working for John Moore after having a positive learning
experience in the John Moore Tech program. One of these students was
Kristopher Lee.

“I initially joined John Moore Tech after a year in the field because I
felt I was missing the basic fundamentals that I needed to perform my
job,” recalls Lee. “I had attended a community college to obtain my
certification, but what I lacked was actual field practice. Overall, I
would say that this type of program should be a requirement for any
techs that are coming out of school or just jumping back into the field;
we all get complacent and lose track of the basics. It’s nice to have a
company like John Moore that is willing to help mold you and lead you on
the path to success.”

Although John Moore Tech exclusively trains HVAC technicians, they plan
on expanding their curriculum to include plumbing and electrical
training in the years to come.

Prospective students of John Moore Tech can apply
or in person. The deadline for applications is February 8th,
2017 and orientation begins on February 9th. Classes begin on February
12th and end on June 9th.

For more information about a career at John Moore, visit

For more information about the tuition and class schedule of John Moore
Tech, visit

About John Moore

John Moore Services is Houston’s leading comprehensive home services
provider. From humble beginnings as a plumbing company more than 50
years ago, John Moore has developed a service package that considers
each and every aspect of your home, including HVAC, electrical, pest
control, lawn treatment, restoration, remodeling, and more. Their goal
is to fix your immediate problems and prevent them from ever happening
again by addressing their root cause. John Moore has long been the name
Houstonians call upon for reliable service and quality results that
ultimately save the day – and last for years to come.

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Claire Valentine