Hutch Earl


Hutch Earl can pinpoint exactly what motivated him to choose HTC’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program. It’s a decision that started him on the path to owing his own business.  

“I had to replace my home’s air conditioning and it cost $2,500,” he explains. “After that, I made up my mind to learn how to do it myself.” In addition, his wife, Melinda, was interested in pursuing a real estate career, including buying rental property. The couple figured that HVAC skills would be valuable when they considered maintenance on property they might buy in the future. As an Army National Guard veteran who served with the Minnesota Red Bulls for 22 months in Iraq, Earl also was eligible for education support through the G.I. Bill. All in all, the time was right for college.

“My instructor really provided motivation because he worked in the industry and knew what it’s like to start an HVAC business,” says Earl, who now lives in Circle Pines, Minnesota, and works full-time driving a truck in the metro area. He appreciated the support and the knowledge he gained at the Brooklyn Park campus, where both residential and commercial HVAC training is offered.

Earl graduated from the residential HVAC program in September 2012. Since then, he has been busy providing customers with air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services while he completes requirements for insurance, bonding, and licensing for his business. What he learned at HTC prepared him for building a career. 

Long-term, Earl hopes to grow his HVAC business into a full-time venture, and eventually employ his son, who is now 16 years old. So, as he juggles working a full-time job and starting an HVAC business, along with responsibilities as a father and husband, Earl is busier than ever. What started in response to replacing his home’s air conditioning has turned into a path to operating his own business. With training at HTC, Hutch Earl believes he’s on his way to a better life for himself and his family.

Last updated by jhanson : 2016-07-27 10:30:05