SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. | Dan Holohan is a big name in the world of plumbing and heating.
His career spans five decades. He’s the author of more than a dozen books, as well as regular columns for several trade publications. In addition, Holohan maintains heatinghelp.com, the go-to website for professionals and do-it-yourselfers with questions about heating systems.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Holohan visited Lehigh Career & Technical Institute to lead a three-hour seminar on hydronics that was organized by the Allentown Master Plumbers Association. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, three of LCTI’s top Plumbing & Heating students attended the $65-a-head event with their instructor, Ken Midgett, at no cost to themselves or the school.
The students — Jake DeCamp, of Southern Lehigh High School, Noah Miller and Loren Reifsnider, both of William Allen High School — had a chance to chat with Holohan about the industry ahead of his seminar, which was preceded by hors d’oeuvres and dinner. A young winner from the Breckinridge Heating & Cooling contest will be joining them for the whole event. These young minds might be new leaders of this industry someday, it’s great to see them well surrounded.
Holohan, a Long Island, New York, native, travels the world teaching and consulting, but he’s gearing up to retire. That means meeting him prior to the AMPA seminar was likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for DeCamp, Miller and Reifsnider.
Plumbing & Heating is a field dominated by workers who, like him, are preparing for retirement, Holohan said. That’s why LCTI’s program is so important, he said.
“It’s critical that young people come into the industry. It’s an exciting field, especially because everything is so environmentally focused now,” Holohan said.
At least $34 an hour. That’s how much a student who completed LCTI’s Plumbing & Heating program last June earns today.
Learn more about how LCTI’s Plumbing & Heating program prepares students for success.