ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium (MEAC) held its 11th annual Faculty Training Camp (a.k.a., Faculty Boot Camp) at James Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Fourteen attendees from universities across the U.S. learned about mechanical and electrical systems and how they function, theories behind their functions, equipment and applications, the basics about pipe and fittings, how to read drawings, project management techniques, high performance buildings, laboratory exercises, and how to teach all this information effectively to the next generation of industry professionals.

Funded by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) and Electri International, the foundation of the National Electrical Contractors Association, the MEAC Faculty Boot Camp was designed to provide a “crash course” in the basics of mechanical and electrical systems, equipment, theories, and applications to faculty who teach mechanical, electrical, and plumbing courses, but who may not have the academic background or experience to do so.

The conference planners and most instructors are faculty advisors to Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) student chapters and include Mike Feutz of Ferris State University, Tom Logan of Kansas State University, Shannon Nicklaus of Pittsburg State University, Daryl Orth, formerly of Northern Kentucky University, and Tim Wentz of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Publication date: 6/22/2015

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