BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Ferris State University student Brook Oliver has been awarded the postsecondary Michigan Department of Education (DOE) Breaking Traditions Award for Excellence.

Oliver, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, is majoring in HVACR in Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology. 

“Brooke’s communication skills and conceptual understanding of HVACR systems are outstanding,” Jill Trinklein, the Ferris HVACR staff member who nominated Oliver for the award, said. “I have seen this evidenced by Brook and fellow classmate Sage Hingston’s recent industrial art project designed in the HVACR 132 course and used for high school tours at the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR at Ferris State University. Brook even wrote a quick fix guide and labeled the working parts.  There is no question.  Brook will be an extraordinary manager and HVACR designer.”

Oliver believes that the HVACR program at Ferris has the best in technology, great faculty advisors, mentors, and industry partners who look at skills set, performance, and aptitude. “Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course”, Oliver said. “You must be in tune with the times and be prepared to break tradition. In the HVACR career path there will always be professional, high paying work in areas of energy efficiency management, control, and design. “  

Publication date: 5/30/2019

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