Jump to navigation
Knoxville Chamber
Social Media, News & More
Member News
Transition to Trades Program Graduates 117th Soldier from HVAC, Electrical & Plumbing Trades
Rachel Brannon
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Transition to Trades, an approved Career Skills Program (CSP) developed by
Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical and U.S. Army Garrison, Fort
Campbell, proudly graduated its 117th member from its January, February, and
March classes for HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing trades.
Transition to Trades, launched on July 5, allows separating soldiers the
opportunity to attend Total Tech trade school (a subsidiary of Hiller, LLC) to learn
valuable technical career skills while remaining active duty in the U.S. Army.
Total Tech offers a unique approach to technician training through classroom and
hands-on laboratory instruction in a 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility.
As part of the program, students are guaranteed an employment interview at a
Hiller branch location of their choosing. Soldiers desiring to return to their
hometowns are provided key industry contact information to aid in employment
searches in those respective areas.
To date, the Transition to Trades program has placed 75 soldiers in new careers
in the industry, with 45 graduates now working at one of Hiller’s locations across
the region. Another 10 soldiers have re-enlisted with the Army.
“Today, we are grateful for the opportunity to assist you in job placement”,
remarked Jimmy Hiller, founder and CEO of Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling &
Electrical. “After Total Tech training, you have the tools to make you successful
in the trades”, he continued, “and soldiers have the respect, team mentality,
honor, and work ethic to make them ideal employees for our company”.
The graduation ceremony, held on Thursday, April 27 in the Army Education
Center at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Campbell, KY, marked the completion of the
January, February, and March classes for the Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical
trades. The transitioning soldiers were awarded graduation certificates in front ofan audience of peers, family, members of the Army, associates from Hiller LLC
and Total Tech LLC, and representatives from the press.
Keynote speakers included CSM Noel Foster, Garrison Command Sergeant
Major, Jimmy Hiller, Owner of Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical, and
Don Miller, Institutional Director of Total Tech, LLC. In addition, Teresa K.
English, Career Skills Program Coordinator for U.S. Army Garrison, Fort
Campbell and student speakers SSG Thomas Rodriguez, and SPC Kierra
Transition to Trades is an approved program developed by Hiller Plumbing,
Heating, Cooling, and Electrical and the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Campbell, to
train transitioning active duty military service members for new civilian careers as
plumbers, electricians, and HVAC service technicians. For more information
about the program, visit http://www.transitiontotrades.com or e-mail
Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical, provides residential and
commercial service and repair throughout Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and
Northern Alabama. As the homeowner’s premier provider of choice with a 100%
satisfaction guarantee, Hiller is Tennessee’s largest residential plumbing,
heating, air conditioning, and electrical services provider. Hiller, recently named
the fifth fastest-growing private company in Middle Tennessee and “Best in
Business” from the Nashville Business Journal, employs more than 600
associates, boasts a fleet of 470 “happy face” trucks across 12 locations, and
has responded to over 1.4 million service calls. For more information about Hiller,

Facebook icon
Twitter icon
RSS icon
YouTube icon