Owner of Training Center Daniel Moscatiello On How He Transitioned Into the Education Sector

Daniel Moscatiello is a highly successful business professional and a third generation owner of the Training Center.

Daniel graduated from Northern Burlington Regional High School and briefly attended Burlington County Community College before jumping into his career as a power plant professional. While he has a number of college credits from various universities, he attributes his real-world experience for his success today.

Currently residing in North Hanover Township with his family, Daniel manages over one-hundred employees and provides an extensive range of training and education programs across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As a hard working professional Daniel looks forward to the continued expansion of the family business.

What do you currently do at your company?

I manage the day-to-day of the organization which includes delivering, creating, and promoting training content from career development to task preparation. I’m the chief operating officer of the organizations, so I’m involved in just about everything. We have a great team of instructors that I help lead through our programs and deliver on those programs. We’re always helping develop people and fast-tracking them to a successful career and it’s something we really take a lot of pride in because we’re impacting people’s lives while providing a service.

What was the inspiration behind your business?

The inspiration came in providing a solution to a problem in the industry. In the state of New Jersey, to become a licensed operator you have to already have a job to get the experience, but you can’t get a job without a license. One of the solutions we provide at the school is making the journey easier for those that want to get their professional license. We simplify the state exam that you have to pass and we help them through the application process, gaining experience, and providing the right training solution.

What keys to being productive can you share?

I think a lot of it stems from the habits that you create for yourself. In our program, we teach the habits of someone who is licensed to work around heating and cooling equipment and power equipment. We’re always measuring ourselves to who we were yesterday and finding something to continuously improve on and stay focused on. We have a lot of success with block time, so we block out the time in which we want to accomplish certain projects and use that to manage our time.

How do you measure success?

For us, it’s all about the experience the students are having because we feel like our students coming back and sharing positive experiences with others is the most important measure. 

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned through the course of your career?

The biggest one that comes to mind is the importance of soft skills. You can be a great electrician or plumber, but if you can’t communicate well or work with people in a team environment, then you can really be a roadblock for progress. Earlier in my career, I just listened to what I wanted to hear or what was convenient to listen to. I evolved to become a much better communicator by listening and being patient before I responded and engaging with individuals by showing interest and aiding the conversation. I always felt like that’s a skill that changed a lot about how I work with people. I wish I would have focused on it earlier.

How do you maintain a solid work life balance?

Put down a couple of key things that you want to accomplish for the day and focus on that. Don’t keep moving the goal post and set your day up to where it’s never ending. Make sure you’re taking enough R&R time. You need to be able to reset, take mental pauses, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s important to do all those things, so that it doesn’t feel so stressful when you’re at work.

What is one piece of technology that helps you the most in your daily routine?

Everything we’re doing is on Adobe and we run that on Mac machines. I think our Macbook Pro platform with our software programs end up being our key tools for our day-to-day.

Who has been a role model to you and why?

My father was a really big role model because of his passion for his career, expanding and running a wonderful family business, and his commitment to his family. Focusing on what matters and making sure that family is the number one priority is one thing that really stuck with me.

What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?

Pay attention to what you pay attention to. My brother told me that a long time ago while we were talking about a news feed and the conversation went to having the wrong information come across your social media or TV and distract you and take you away from what’s important. Pay attention to what you pay attention to and everything else becomes a little easier. 

What is one piece of advice you would like to leave our readers with?

Read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. If you’re not an avid reader, start with that one and go from there. Things can be a lot easier for you.