Education, Technology

Fieldpiece Instruments 2023 #Masterofthetrade Scholarship Recipients Announced at SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

July 03, 2023

Fieldpiece Instruments, a renowned leader in HVACR test tools and instruments, awarded $10,000 in scholarships to six exceptional HVACR students during the National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta last week. Administered through SkillsUSA, Fieldpiece created the #MasteroftheTrade scholarship program to give back to the industry it has served for over three decades. The funds will assist recipients in covering college tuition fees or postsecondary HVACR technology program costs to advance their career goals. This marks the third major gift from Fieldpiece’s #MasteroftheTrade scholarship program, totaling $52,500 over the past two years.

Tony Gonzalez, technical training manager emphasized Fieldpiece’s dedication to supporting HVACR professionals, both new and experienced, on their paths to success. He stated, “At Fieldpiece, we are committed to empowering HVACR professionals with the knowledge, resources and tools they need to thrive. The #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship program—along with our existing offerings like student discounts and free Fieldpiece University online training—aims to foster the skills of master technicians and aspiring students alike, propelling their careers forward. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients this year! It is a true honor for us to support you, and we eagerly anticipate your future contributions to the field.”

Scholarships included gold, silver and bronze medal categories for students in their junior or senior year of high school, or college/postsecondary school students, that topped the leader-board rankings of the NLSC. The six winners include:

High School

  • Gold Medalist | Cole Kelley from Shawsheen Valley Technical School in Billerica, MA
  • Silver Medalist | Tobias Payne from Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center in Evansville, IN
  • Bronze Medalist | Clayton Petlock from Norther Tier Career Center in Towanda, PA

College – Post Secondary

  • Gold Medalist | Wyatt Rumbold from Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL
  • Silver Medalist | Raulie Rojas from Western Dakota Tech Institute in Rapid City, SD
  • Bronze Medalist | Nathaniel Brown from Metro Technology Center-South Bryant in Oklahoma City, OK

The HVACR industry offers a rewarding and hands-on career path characterized by high demand for skilled professionals. The field delivers professional freedom and an opportunity to make a positive impact on the stability of businesses and communities. However, it is concerning that in 2022, over 110,000 HVACR technician jobs remained unfilled, resulting in long-term consequences for energy conservation and jeopardizing the comfort and safety of millions of individuals. Establishing the #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship program enabled Fieldpiece to become part of the solution to addressing this gap.

“Developing the right skill set and having access to continued training is essential for aspiring professionals,” Tony Gonzalez, added. “Partnering with SkillsUSA for the #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship program allows us to empower talented and ambitious current and future masters of the HVACR trade. We are proud to be a part of a program that will have a lasting impact on professional success in our industry.”

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