Lack of Skilled Technicians Could Have Profound Effect on Commercial Refrigeration Future

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Between what some would consider excessive regulations for the refrigeration industry and a noteworthy decline of reputable technicians to work on commercial refrigerators, the future is grim for many businesses relying on refrigerators to keep them going. This is especially true for struggling small businesses that rely on technicians to keep their refrigeration units operating years beyond their initial warranties have expired.

Contracting Business suggests that the industry requires the training of well over 100,000 new technicians by the year 2020. Unfortunately, that looks a lot more like Mission Impossible than the “We Can Do It!” motto of years gone by.

Commercial refrigerators are used in a wide range of businesses. From flower shops and cafes to convenience stores and major grocers. That’s not even counting exclusive wine shops and school cafeterias. Countless businesses rely on these units to keep food cool and safe for their customers.

It takes highly skilled technicians with specialized training and an understanding of how these refrigeration units work to keep them in good repair over several years. In fact, savvy business owners can even purchase used refrigeration equipment, in combination with the right maintenance agreement, to save money while enjoying long years of quality service from the equipment you purchase.

Of course, that is only if you work with an organization that has sufficiently skilled technicians on staff – and can keep them. It’s not just about attracting the new recruits into the business, which is extremely important. It is also about keeping the best technicians happy and engaged in their jobs, so they continue working for the organizations that employ them.

The pinch goes beyond refrigeration and restaurant appliance supply businesses. Companies that handle heating and cooling needs for local businesses are feeling the pinch too as fewer and fewer new recruits are joining the ranks to get the training they need to keep homes and businesses comfortable in all seasons.

Among the challenges facing the industry when it comes to recruiting, time remains one of the greatest. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to provide new recruits with quality training that provides them with the tools and skills they need to methodically troubleshoot and correct common, much less uncommon, problems with commercial refrigerators. Until this importance factor is addressed reliably, the drought will continue.

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Melissa Thompson

Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.