There are currently 15,000 job openings for commercial food service equipment repair technicians nationwide. The low visibility of this technician career path has left the commercial food industry facing a serious dilemma: The average age of technicians are 54-years-old.
Over the next five years, the job gap is expected to widen an additional 8 percent unless a new generation of technicians can be recruited and trained for these jobs, which offer good wages, benefits and growth potential.
The Ignitor Labs Basic Technician Training Program, developed in partnership with the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association, is being offered through CTC in an effort to bring attention to a solid in-demand technical career. Commercial food equipment service technicians are a critical link keeping the commercial food industry, the second largest industry in the United States, operating efficiently.
The interactive, online training program teaches the fundamental technical concepts of a commercial food equipment repair technician and guarantees an interview with a hiring company upon successful completion of the program. The program can typically be completed in one month.
Qualified veterans interested in the career path can enroll in the program at no cost through scholarships offered by non-profit Vet2Tech. Veterans can apply for the scholarship at vet2tech.org/application.