The NEWS’ Best Instructor and Trainer contest aims to shine a spotlight on the best teachers and advisors across the HVACR industry, and this year was no different as one of the industry’s true workhorses, Ed Brink, division manager, technical training, Meier Supply Co., was honored as the nation’s Best Trainer contest winner.
In the skilled trades, qualified workers are as valuable as ever before. The skills gap and labor shortage the trades are experiencing are widespread and well-covered, but when dissecting the specific skill sets required to succeed in the HVACR industry, sheet metal training is one area that can, at times, be overlooked.
If you’re a technician working in the Northwestern U.S., you’ve likely heard of David Norman. Chances are you may even have his phone number. The 58-year-old instructor has built quite a reputation as the go-to guy for HVACR technical problems in the region.
I was born in Manhattan. When I was young and starting out in this business, I typed a quote from Carnegie on good paper and put it in a frame. I hung it on the wall just above my typewriter and read it again and again.
Many HVACR contractors, manufacturers, and distributors will arrive at the 2017 Service World Expo, taking place Sept. 7-8 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, but only super heroes will leave.
Knowing how, when, where, and why to perform an HVAC system evacuation is an essential component of any technician’s repertoire. No two situations are exactly alike, and properly addressing the needs of each individual system is critical.
On June 15, as part of a White House event, President Donald Trump signed the Apprenticeship & Workforce of Tomorrow executive order, which designates resources to go to vocational training programs and aims to remove restrictions that have prevented industries, including HVAC, from creating apprenticeships.
The late, great D. Brian Baker, president of Custom Vac Ltd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and a frequent contributor to The NEWS, once said the labor shortage in the HVAC industry could be attributed, at least in part, to families having fewer children these days.
According to a new market research report by marketsandmarkets.com, the home automation system market was valued at $39.93 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $79.57 billion by 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3 percent during the forecast period.