Record attendance at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) in Bonita Springs, Florida, may have been helped by the warm weather destination, but was perhaps due more to the growth in membership and the proliferation of legislative activity that concerns members.
The regional training conference expands with the addition of Las Vegas event
January 21, 2016
The BIM Workshops, a regional technology training conference for building information modeling (BIM) technology training, has announced its 2016 lineup of locations and dates. Hosted by U.S. CAD, the organization said it is expanding its multi-city footprint to include Las Vegas.
Training provides guidance on how to minimize hazards while making electrical measurements
January 21, 2016
Fluke Corp. is offering a free new online course: Fluke Electrical Measurement Safety. It features guidance reflecting the latest information on how to minimize potential hazards when performing electrical measurements. The course is intended to aid anyone who works with electricity, including HVAC technicians.
Program helps promote careers in the HVACR and water heating industry
January 20, 2016
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), has announced $60,500 in scholarship funds to 35 students, including five veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.
The AHR Expo, which began more than 85 years ago, is held annually in key markets and major cities across the U.S., hosting close to 2,000 exhibitors and crowds of more than 60,000 industry professionals. The event provides a unique forum for the HVACR community to come together and share new products, technologies, and ideas.
With eight tracks, 100 sessions, and more than 300 speakers, the technical program at ASHRAE’s 2016 Winter Conference is bound to impress attending engineers, contractors, manufacturers, and building professionals. The technical program will have a fresh feel with new tracks focused on design-build practices, cutting-edge technologies, and residential systems.
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is hoping the development of two new exams — a job-readiness certificate exam and certification-level exam for less experienced technicians — will provide a pathway into the industry or to a professional-level certification for new or less-experienced technicians.
So, despite all the techie methods for communicating and staying in touch with customers and vendors, the old-fashioned pressing of the flesh is still the best way to network, develop relationships, build up existing relationships, and learn a lot, all in one setting.