Building automation professionals are in high demand and short supply.Like many other industries, the building automation profession is facing a “skills gap” — the number of job openings is growing without enough qualified applicants to fill them. Among HVAC/mechanical professionals, the problem is more acute.
Today’s building controls and HVAC/mechanical jobs are not what they used to be. The advent of smart building and digital technologies has created a need for a new tech-savvy generation of facilities professionals.
It’s an exciting time in the industry. Individuals with high tech skills are in high demand and being presented with more opportunities and greater compensation. Making smart buildings work is a job of the future.
Santa Fe Community CollegeSiemens is partnering with Santa Fe Community College to help develop the Building Energy Automation and Microgrid Training Center (BEAMTC). Siemens donated $111,661 in equipment, and is working with the college to turn campus buildings into a living laboratory. Along with a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration,the program is supporting the development of 750 jobs in and around Santa Fe.
“Siemens is investing sustainably in the advancement of science education in order to prepare students for the rapidly expanding career opportunities in these fields. The combination of technological fit and educational mission makes Siemens an ideal partner for the BEAMTC.”Randy Grissom, President, Santa Fe Community College
Workforce development programs, like technical education partnerships, lead to stronger communities with skilled workers that attract new employers. Companies are moving their businesses where they can find a qualified workforce. When they work together, local governments, private businesses and educational institutions can create communities that are perfect places to live.
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Job training programs with extensive employer engagement result in individuals employed at a higher rate and at a higher salary compared to other employment or training programs.4
When asked “what do the best entrepreneurs want in a city?” nearly one-third of the nation’s fastest growing companies said “access to talent” while just 5 percent mentioned lower taxes.5
1 Source: Crossing the Skills Gap; McKinsey & Company; 2017
2 Source: The HVACR Workforce: Demand Heats Up as Supply Melts; HVACR Workforce Development Foundation; 2015
3 Source: The HVACR Workforce: Demand Heats Up as Supply Melts; HVACR Workforce Development Foundation; 2015
4 Source: Tuning In to Local Labor Markets: Findings From the Sectoral Employment Impact Study; Public/Private Ventures; 2010
5 Source: What cities really need to attract entrepreneurs, from entrepreneurs; CityLab; 2014