Apprentice programs become more popular in the HVAC field

Written on: September 9, 2022 by ICM

Urbana, OH-based Fetz Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning will launch a new apprentice program, according to news reports. On Sept. 16, in celebration of National Tradesmen Day, Fetz Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning will start a new training initiative to attract and equip people interested in learning the plumbing and HVAC trades.

The purpose of the program is to increase the number of trained technicians in the plumbing and HVAC fields to ensure top quality service for the company’s loyal customer base and the community at large. HVAC and plumbing technicians are invaluable – they are integral part of keeping homes safe and comfortable.

For the program’s inaugural year, Fetz has selected Aiden Oburn and Peter Printz for the new program. These recently hired technicians will learn and apply the fundamentals of plumbing through a combination of online instruction and hands-on experience with seasoned technicians. The company will add the HVAC-specific apprentice program in 2023.

The program’s online instruction will be offered by the PHCC Academy, a program sponsored by the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association. After successfully reaching specific benchmarks throughout the course, the apprentices will receive a pay increase as an incentive to engage in their training, Fetz said.

With many in the skilled trades retiring and fewer individuals entering the skilled trades, the industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified technicians, noted the company. Fetz Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is joining a growing number of contractors across the country in developing apprentice programs as a corrective. Fetz will be the first contractor in the Urbana area to offer such a program.

Started in 1956, Fetz Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning services Champaign County and adjacent areas. The family-owned company is committed to offering quality, personable service to its many long-standing and new customers.

For more info, contact Derrick Fetz at or 937-652-1136.