A capacity crowd of over 300 HVAC educators and trainers filled a Las Vegas convention center March 26-27 to attend the First Annual HVAC Excellence Educators and Trainers Conference. The two-day event featured capacity training sessions both days.
This inaugural conference is unique as
it’s the first conference exclusively for the HVAC industry. Educators and
trainers involved in training the current and future workforce of the industry
attended from all across North America.
Over 250 different schools were
represented, along with people from Goodman Manufacturing, Amana Manufacturing,
Johnson Controls, Fieldpiece, Bacharach, Hampden Engineering, the U.S. Air
Force, Ferguson Enterprises, East Coast Metal Distributors, Legend Valve, the
Mechanical Service Contractors Association, Watts Radiant, the United
Association, Noland Company, Air Cold Supply, Ferris State University, and many
The focus of the conference is
professional development for the educator and trainer. Some of the classes offered to the trainers
included: Training Techniques that Work, R-410A, Combustion Analysis,
Weatherization, new Heat Pump Technologies, Maximizing AC Efficiency, EPA
Workshop, Carbon Monoxide, Hydronics, Green Awareness, Load Calculations, New
Perkins Requirements, and 13 SEER and Beyond.
During the conference, a common theme
came up from many of the presenters. In
the next decade roughly 40% of the HVAC industry will retire. In addition, the
industry is getting more technical. Also, it is estimated that the industry
fails to fill 22,000 new jobs each year. However, a few organizations offered
some great help to the industry.
Steve Allen the director of education
and recruitment for the United Association announced a new program in which if
a student attends an HVAC Excellence accredited HVACR program, they are
eligible to transfer their credits from the school into the United Associations
apprenticeship program. This is a win-win situation for the students and the
schools. Students now can transfer
credits to any UA local and be hired by the 21,000 affiliated employer partners
of the UA.
For more information, visit www.hvacexcellence.org.
Capacity crowd fills first HVAC Excellence Educators and Trainers Conference
April 11, 2007