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Tradesformers Provides Opportunities for Students

Friday, November 15, 2019

The youth apprenticeship program, which Pitt County Schools launched last spring, is designed to connect students with careers in trades. Tradesformers partner companies Advance Mechanical, Piedmont Service Group and Pitt Electric began offer selected high school students on-the-job training, pay and a chance to earn advanced credentials and certifications.

Tradesformers Provides Apprenticeship Opportunities for High School Students

Tradesformers Aims to Build Careers

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A partnership between local businesses, including Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, and schools aims to transform the way teens view jobs in skilled trades. Known as Tradesformers, the youth apprenticeship program is designed to connect students with trades that are facing a talent shortage.

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‘Tradesformers’ Aims to Help Build Careers, Combat Talent Shortage Through Apprenticeships

Advance Mechanical Supports Tradesformers

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Upcoming career and technical education programs were in the spotlight during a presentation to the Pitt County Board of Education on Monday night. Beth Ann Trueblood, director of career and technical education, informed the board about two initiatives her department is working on — Tradesformers and Grow Local. Tradesformers is a pre-apprenticeship program designed to connect high school seniors with industry trades in Pitt County.

New Career, Tech Ed Classes in Spotlight

Advance Mechanical Heating and Air representative on panel about Pitt Community College

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning had a representative served on panel at event hosted by Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County and Pitt Community College.  The panel discussed opportunities at Pitt Community College for students in high school.  Full article about the event can be found below:

Pitt Community College Parents night

Advance Mechanical Heating and Air recognized in National Publication

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning is recognized in the September issue of Compass Magazine.  Compass Magazine is a national publication that is sent out to owners of plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating & air companies.  The article highlights the growth, innovative change and partnership with South Central High School.  Full article can be found below

Compass Article

Advance Mechanical Heating and Air earns Angie’s List Super Service Award

Monday, February 6, 2017

Advance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning has earned the home service industry’s Angie’s List Super Service Award.

Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016, adding more than 1.6 million consumers after the company introduced a free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks said.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners also must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“At Advance Mechanical, we strive to give our customers the best experience possible,” Advance Mechanical owner Randy Riddle said. “We hope that this award will help us to continue to stand out from our competitors.”

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A-F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. But the company said it continues to adhere to its review verification process, and there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

Advance Mechanical hosts students from South Central

Monday, January 9, 2017

Advance Mechanical, a locally owned and operated HVAC company by Randy Riddle, hosted 24 students from South Central High School’s carpentry program in December at its plant in Greenville.

This is the second year Riddle has hosted students from the school as a part of an effort to recruit, hire and train young employees. The HVAC industry is facing a shortage of employees with the skills necessary for companies to meet growing demand for their products and services as their employees age out and retire.

Trane’s area salesman for the Raleigh office, Tim Hatch, was on hand to talk with the students. Last spring, Trane donated a unit for Riddle to use to demonstrate the installation process in the carpentry classroom at South Central.

Riddle and a technician visited the classroom weekly to walk students through the installation. Interested students then applied to work at Advance Mechanical during the summer. Five students were selected.

“We are hoping one or more of those students will want to work for us full time when they graduate from South Central,” Rachel Davis, manager of operations and marketing at the company, said. “This program is a way for us to give back to the community through working with students to expose them to work place expectations.”

Teacher Stephen Allen said, “I can tell students about what is expected on job sites, but hearing it straight from the source is a lot more powerful.”

Betsy Flanagan, a newly elected member of the Pitt County school board, attended the presentation.

“I want Pitt County Schools to do more to help our employers in Pitt County by finding and marketing other opportunities like this to our students and partnering with our businesses to develop programs that allow students to be successful while providing employers skilled employees who can earn and provide for their families and ultimately improve Pitt County and our economy,” Flanagan said.


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South Central High School students listen to Tim Hatch, sales representative for Trane out of the Raleigh office, speak at Advance Mechanical.

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