Johnson Controls recently gave equipment to help apprentices and journeymen with their educations.

The company sent six fan-coil cooling units to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

“Johnson Controls is always looking for talented and skilled professionals to join our staff,” said James Mylett, vice president of field and business operations for Johnson Controls’ building-efficiency division in North America. “Educating the next generation of technicians is essential to provide the level of knowledge and services that customers expect in the building-systems industry.”

The donated units will be used in the association’s annual International Apprentice Contest held each summer in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The event tests trainees in the areas of HVAC, pipe fitting, plumbing, sprinkler fitting and welding. Contestants must work their way to the international competition by first winning events at the local and regional levels. The competition includes a written exam as well as a hands-on contest, which tests general and trade-specific knowledge.

 HVAC apprentices will ultimately be asked to correctly pipe the cooling units donated by Johnson Controls.

“We are a leading employer of trained technicians,” Mylett said. “When we encourage and help train the skilled technicians of the future, we benefit along with them.”