My city is an ever-changing skyline, and those who make it happen are in short supply. Positions for skilled plumbers, electricians, brickmasons and carpenters are numerous and as an HVAC provider, I have my share of difficulties maintaining my staff of licensed HVAC employees. My heating and cooling company can offer good money, benefits and a steady paycheck. However, I’m still having trouble hiring enough licensed HVAC technicians to be fully staffed. Of course, my HVAC company is growing very fast, trying to keep up with the growth that is happening in our area. As the economy strengthens, local contractors are finding it difficult to hire enough skilled workers to handle this construction boom. My HVAC company is no different. The amount of new heating and cooling installations are tremendous enough, but then we still have plenty of the A/C repairs and HVAC preventive maintenance business from our current client list. I know that having too much business is a problem worth having and my HVAC company is no exception. However, having so much HVAC business and not enough licensed heating and cooling technicians has forced me to turn some HVAC work down temporarily. I’m also sending qualified candidates through HVAC training, with the agreement that once they are licensed, they work for me. In this booming economy, any company in the trades has to be willing to try anything to get fully staffed. My HVAC company is going through growing pains right now, and I think it will continue for a while, but what a great problem to have!