Ferris State University leads the way in educational milestones for the HVACR industry. It is one of only two post-secondary institutions in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in HVACR engineering technology. But now, Ferris is taking its degree program and venturing into new territory that will set it apart from other educational institutions. Set for the winter semester, the university will launch its online bachelor of science degree program in HVACR engineering technology.
Mike Silverstein, assistant product manager, Evaporative Condensers, with Baltimore Aircoil (BAC), Baltimore, MD, was giving a talk on “Evaporative Condensers: Maintenance and Efficiency” at the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA) conference. The seminar about “that lovely equipment on the roof” was moving right along until Silverstein reached chemical water treatment and white rust. That’s when questions from the audience indicated that the entire session could have been on white rust and nothing else.
At the Mechanical Service Contractors of America’s (MSCA’s) 2002 Education Conference, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about a problem that seems to affect the majority of HVACR contractors. Robert Wendover, executive director of the Center for Generational Studies, presented a seminar called “Recruitment and Retention in the New Millennium.”
The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) gathered once again for its annual Education Conference. This is the 17th year for the conference, which provides members with hands-on workshops, business seminars, an industry trade show, and lots of networking opportunities.
A very successful businessman recently detailed why he had pulled out of a business opportunity. “They just never proposed any economics that were compelling,” he wrote. “To be a good business, you need to have the customer relationship, rather than being an anonymous subcontractor.” This seems to be the greatest challenge for the mechanical contractor involved in new construction — not remaining anonymous.
It seems as though no good can occur on the job when conflict rears its ugly head, but maybe conflict can work to your advantage. That’s the message of Nancy Bandy, the managing director of Trainsitions Consulting Group, an organization that works to help companies use training initiatives to meet challenges in the work environment. Bandy presented “The Art of Conflict Resolution” at the Mechanical Service Contractors of America’s (MSCA’s) Annual Education Conference.
When the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors standardized its reporting process for gathering incident statistics in 1991, it was with the objective of creating an accurate and consistent database that would, over time, yield a bona fide method of identifying and correcting the causes of boiler and pressure vessel accidents. The latest study shows that human error remains the foremost cause of boiler and pressure vessel incidents in North America.
Say you open up a customer’s duct plenum and find mold, or something that looks like mold. Do you make the customer sign a statement that their house has mold, and that you, the HVAC contractor, told them? Or, do you tell the customer they may have a moisture problem, sidestepping the mold question for the time being? Does this leave you liable for mold litigation? These were the questions facing contractors who attended the “Managing Your Mold Liability” conference.
In the world of pro football, the field is the game’s foundation. If it’s unsafe, the entire franchise is at risk. “The condition of the field can be our worst nightmare, or an answer to our dreams,” said one sports turf professional. There’s a trend afoot today that has the artificial turf makers on edge — real grass. Lush, living, carefully nurtured turf is all the rage, and now that turf can be hydronically conditioned.