The Building Performance Institute (BPI) recently added North American Technician Excellence (NATE), National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), and Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) certifications as new eligibility options for the accreditation of HVAC contracting companies.
In mid-March, HVACR instructors from around the country gathered at the scenic Cheyenne Mountain Resort for the 17th annual HVACR & Mechanical Workshop for Education Professionals. What was so historic about this event?
Often we find ourselves so caught up in the day-to-day activities in which we are putting out fires that we are unable to step back and try to figure out how to prevent the fires in the first place. There is one method that I have found that can really help to make you take the time to look at why there are fires and emergencies in your organization.
It is great to enter the industry as a refrigeration service technician (or any HVACR tech for that matter) with a good amount of education attained through high school, community college, vocational school, or even a four-year program. But is that enough?
A number of high-level policymakers, business representatives including some HVACR manufacturers, and nongovernmental organization leaders recently converged in Orlando for the 2012 Energy Efficiency (EE) Global Forum.
Contractors across the nation are finding that although the HVAC industry has experienced change in the recent economic crisis, its need for skilled labor and certified technicians has not been completely abated by the influx of displaced workers from the economic downturn. Other trade industries have noticed this problem, too.
HVACR instructors can set their sights on a new destination. Next month, the 2012 HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals is being held in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 12-14 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
A DVD titled “Contractor Soft Skills” illustrates how contractors can have their technicians improve their own soft skills. The DVD is the third one about customer service by customer service expert Steve Coscia.
Members of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in March to not only enjoy some fun in the sun, but more importantly learn how to improve their businesses and navigate the challenges for the coming year.