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Tim and Pierre AkinroluyoHVACR Runs in the Family

Many families have attended MCTC throughout its 100 years of existence, but none may have as strong a connection to the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program as father and son Tim and Pierre Akinroluyo.

Tim, a 1996 graduate from the HVACR program, is currently a technician at CenterPoint Energy. He recently began to volunteer and mentor MCTC HVACR students through a mentorship program with the company.

“I had a very sound education here,” he said. “The least I could do was to give back with my knowledge of the field.”

Having been in the HVACR field for nearly 20 years, Tim’s education, personal experience and expertise allows him to visit the classrooms and complement the instructors’ lessons.

“Regardless of what you do, if you do it over and over for long enough, you will become good at it,” he said. “Once you become good at something, you will be happy.”

When he was enrolled in the program in the mid 90s, Tim thought the HVACR program was one of the best in the state. After returning years later and having seen what his job requires, he can say it is the best in the state.

“Everything a student needs to know is sitting in that lab,” he said. “The students may not know how to apply it yet, but it’s there.”

Someone who has received the most guidance and mentoring from Tim may be his own son, Pierre. The 2012 HVACR graduate, like his father, received a job almost immediately after graduating and was prepared after his education at the College.

“The field of HVACR contains such a broad spectrum of possibilities and you’re exposed to it all at MCTC,” he said.

Published March 2015.

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