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Travis Franklin was a salesman for Coca Cola Bottling Company in Tennessee for 12 years, after relocating from Utica, Kansas. After that many years of having a job and longing for a career, he put an end to sales and went into the HVAC trade; something he had been interested in for a long time. Travis is a Total Tech graduate and fully believes in the school and the programs it teaches. He was an HVAC technician working at Hiller Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical when he was offered the position of HVAC Instructor at Total Tech. Travis jumped at the opportunity, as he was going to be in music education and was just shy of his Bachelor’s degree, but life happened and he had to change directions, so he didn’t get to fulfill that goal. He now has the opportunity with Total Tech to see that goal come to fruition, and help others learn the trade that he is so passionate about.
Travis loves music and at one time had dreams of becoming a professional musician in Nashville, but is now satisfied making music in his spare time with his band. Total Tech is very fortunate to have such a caring and giving Instructor and he is greatly appreciated by the team.
DeWayne Wilcox began his plumbing career in new construction in 1997, while residing in Tennessee, after a friend encouraged him to get into the trade. After relocating to Florida in 1999, DeWayne got into the residential side of plumbing where he has been ever since. He has been a residential plumber with Hiller Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical since 2013 and is now an integral part of the Total Tech team as a plumbing instructor.
DeWayne is a United States Air Force Disabled Veteran who served the United States from 1991 – 1995. His heart is to give back to his brothers and sisters who serve in the Armed Forces and he takes great pride in helping those members through the Total Tech and Hiller partnership with Fort Campbell’s CSP program, Transition to Trades.
Dale Stephenson has been in the HVAC industry for the past 37 years, He spent 27 years in the HVAC Installation area where he gained expert knowledge through his experience. During his tenure he worked in new construction and completed system changeouts on existing homes. He spent 10 years as an HVAC Service Technician where he completed diagnostics and repairs, along with maintenance of HVAC systems. Dale’s passion for the trade and his desire to pass some of his expertise on to the next generation of technicians makes him an invaluable asset to Total Tech
Steven Black began his career in the electrical trade while in the Air Force, where he diagnosed and repaired electrical issues on base. After four years of active duty he retired and has been serving in the Air National Guard for the past four years. Steven enjoyed the electrical trade so much that after his active duty service he continued his career as a civilian. He worked for two years at Hiller Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical in both their residential and commercial divisions. Steven has experience with high voltage distribution, commercial and residential construction and service, and fire alarm systems.
Steven is happily married and has 1 child. He enjoys helping and giving back to others, so he is a perfect fit for the Total Tech team, and the team is lucky to have him.
Kevin Horne has been in the HVAC industry since 2010, after graduating from Baker College with a Certificate in HVAC Service Technician. Upon graduation he became employed with Luedtke Heating and Cooling in Michigan, where he installed water heaters, gas furnaces, and air conditioners. Kevin had a desire to move to the Middle Tennessee area, and in 2014 the opportunity presented itself and he was able to relocate to Tennessee from Michigan, where he became employed with Hiller Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical working as an HVAC Service Technician.
Kevin has an instructor’s heart and was looking for a greater opportunity when the opening for an HVAC instructor came up………he took it! His 8 years of experience in the trade has prepared him for this moment and he is excited to instruct students in their journey into the world of HVAC.
Michael Spaulding is a 20-year Veteran of the United States Army. During his tenure in the Army he had 4-years combined experience of working on Electrical Installation, Service and Repair in stateside and overseas locations. Michael’s responsibilities at the various locations included the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC services for soldiers living in residential areas. He has been a leader and instructor of soldiers most of his career and has a heart for teaching and helping others.
Michael’s experience in the Electrical field, his instructional talents, and his ability to solve problems allows him to have a unique ability and role as an instructor at Total Tech. He puts others above himself and gives everything he has to the students, which makes him invaluable to the Total Tech team.