Visit to Technical Colleges
For two days now, I have been spending time with the HVAC students at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI and Milwaukee Area Technical College in Oak Creek, WI. Each year, I am fortunate enough to be invited back to these schools and many others in Wisconsin. I am delighted to see a continued interest in the skilled trades as we enter an era where it is difficult to find skilled labor.
My goal is to continue in educating these future HVAC technician hopefuls on why this is such a rewarding industry and what they should expect when they hit the road as an HVAC technician.
Several topics that we discussed in depth were related to air flow, combustion analysis and education. One goal that I am trying to hit home is the importance of airflow coupled with proper static duct pressures and the monitoring of combustion flue properties.
At one point in the presentation an instructor from MATC made it very clear to all of the students at this seminar that combustion analysis is very important. I couldn’t agree more. In all of our HVAC businesses we provide our technicians with the correct tools needed to perform combustion analysis of residential boilers and furnaces. One company that I personally believe is an industry leader in combustion analysis test instruments is the Bacharach Company.
We are in a technologically advanced environment today where furnaces, air conditioners and boilers are subject to failure, lost efficiency and a loss of comfort when they are not set up or maintained properly. My hope is that by having this discussion early in the careers of these students that when they reach the field of heating and cooling that they will already have an understanding of this importance.
Next week, I will be in Madison and Wausau to continue working with future HVAC technicians. It’s time we change the HVAC industry through training and education. I’m very excited for the future of HVAC.
If you are an instructor of an HVAC program feel free to contact me about scheduling a training seminar at your school.