Speed interviews prepare students for hiring process at HVAC companies

Twelve students in the HVAC program interviewed with 11 local businesses during speed interviews at the MCC-Business & Technology campus.

Speed interviews can be stressful, but they also provide value experience and networking opportunities. That was the case for several Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology students on Tuesday.

Twelve students in the HVAC program interviewed with 11 businesses for 10 minutes each, hoping to jump-start their careers in the industry.

“It’s kind of nerve-racking, but at the same time we have to calm down and realize that you’re almost entering your career and the lights need to click on,” said Phillip Thomas, a Kansas City resident who is pursuing an HVAC certificate. “The lights are on … let’s see what you can do.”

Speed interviews are one of several activities and services offered by Career Services at MCC. Coordinator Tatia Shelton organized the event, which featured some of the top HVAC companies in the region.

“It’s exciting to help so many students find their way,” Shelton said. “We’re fortunate to have strong partnerships with so many great companies in Kansas City and that we can continue to be a pipeline for the industry’s workforce.”

Shelton also works with MCC-Business & Technology students on interview skills and polishing resumes. Thomas said the latter paid dividends immediately during Tuesday’s event.

“The first thing the employer told me was, ‘Your resume looks good,’” he said. “Tatia helped me with my resume. I wouldn’t have known to not put certain things on it. What she teaches us is wonderful. She prepared me more than I could have prepared myself.”

Thomas also credited the HVAC instructors for helping him prepare for a career in the field.

“I love it here,” he said. “Cecil (Davis), Mike (Thorne) and all the instructors are good teachers. I feel like coming out of here, you’re going to know more than most technicians who are already working.”

Companies conducting the interviews were Climate Control Heating and Cooling; Anthony Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling; The Wilson Group Inc.; LBA Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing; Rudroff Heating and Air Conditioning; AFC Heating and Cooling; Ultra Heating & Cooling LLC; CLEAResult; Harrah’s; Cullor Property Management; and Primrose Retirement Community.

The HVAC program at MCC-Business & Technology offers four pathways, including an associate’s degree, advanced certificate and energy efficiency certificate. Students also can earn a job-ready certificate in one, 16-week semester. Learn more about the HVAC program on the MCC website.

MCC has a Career Services office at all five campuses. For more information, contact Shelton at tatia.shelton@mcckc.edu or 816.604.5226.


Careers in HVAC are one of dozens of Gold Collar pathways at MCC-Business & Technology. Gold Collar jobs are defined as jobs in which you make $30,000 to $80,000 per year, are in-demand locally and require two years or less of college.

You can learn more about these opportunities at MCC-Business & Technology’s Gold Collar Exploration Night. During this event, you’ll learn more about our programs, meet with instructors and tour our state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for admission, which is free.

Our next Gold Collar Night is at 6 p.m. April 20. Learn more about Gold Collar jobs and register for the event.