When The NEWS accepts nominations for its Best Contractor to Work For contest, applicants are asked to include answers to 23 “yes” or “no” questions that have been developed as a way to measure what makes a contractor the best. When the application for Casteel Heating and Cooling came in, 22 of the 23 questions were answered with “yeses.”
With a laminated quote from Lloyd Shearer in one hand and HVAC training in the other, Don Millard began Bel Red Heating and Air Conditioning. Twenty-six years and a name change later, Bel Red Energy Solutions of Mukilteo, Wash., is being honored as The NEWS’ Best Contractor to Work For in the West region.
“We make a big deal of training here,” said Josh Bigelow, president of Great Dane Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in Clinton Township, Mich. That statement summarizes how important training is at Great Dane, The NEWS’ 2012 Best Contractor to Work For in the North Central Region.
New educational materials and e-learning are forming the basis of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society’s (RSES) efforts to introduce “publications of interest to members and the industry at large on timely topics and recent trends.”
Ideal for those preparing for the NATE Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps exam, this manual includes: human comfort and system selection; heat transfer and the basic refrigeration cycle; system components; electrical components; and more.
HVAC contractors can now access online training 24/7 through the new Nordyne University at www.nordyneU.com. Starting this month, technical furnace training courses on www.nordyneU.com also earn North American Technician Excellence (NATE) credits towards recertification.