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Scott Oakley has joined HVACRedu.net

by Patty Leiser

Scott Oakley

It is my honor to introduce Scott Oakley.  His arms aren’t really six feet long, but the sleeves on his shirt had to be extended to hold all his credentials.  He is one of the finest HVACR educators in this country and we are fortunate that he has chosen to join the HVACRedu.net team.  He is now sharing his wisdom and expertise with our students.  Here is what Scott tells us about himself:

“My start in the HVACR industry was the same as yours is now.  I attended Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated in 1976. A technical education is crucial to your success.  Through the years, I have been involved in every single facet of the industry from Technician, Contractor, Facilities, Sales, Business Owner and Instructor.

After I graduated from UTI, I immediately went to work in the commercial refrigeration service field.  Within a few years, I moved on to become the Service Manager of a large commercial air conditioning company in the Arizona area.  Ambition soon called, after 8 years, to business ownership and I moved to California.  This firm was specialized in the air conditioning new construction and service business which was located throughout the state of California.

I have been involved in small companies as a single service technician, and others with up to 150 employees.  Over the past recent years I have been working as both a face-to-face and online blended HVACR Instructor.  Another of my professional accomplishments is that I am the author of “Commercial Ice Machines Only”.

I am a firm believer in the evidence of credentialing and certification because they show the world that you can do the task and that you understand the science and purpose of the task.

Through HVAC Excellence I hold the Certified Master Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Educator (CMHE) which encompasses the following certifications:  Technical, Heat Pump, Electrical, Air Conditioning, Light Commercial Air Conditioning, Electric Heat, and Commercial Refrigeration.

I am also NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified in Heat Pump and Air Conditioning Service and installation.

I have been a state licensed (now retired) Air Conditioning Contractor, Commercial Refrigeration Contractor and General Building Contractor.

The world is rapidly changing and requires that technicians understand system automation and precision service knowledge.  I am here at HVACRedu.net to help you achieve the goal of confidently working in this industry.”

Please join us in welcoming Scott!  He can be reached at scottoakley@hvacredu.net.


Miguel Escamilla: Alumni Success Stories Contest Winner!

starburst with and the winner is textCongratulations Miguel!  About 10 weeks ago we opened a contest to give our alumni an opportunity to shine!  We wanted to know how online education has improved an individual’s workday and life.  Miguel’s story is sure to capture your heart.  He received one free course or review of his choice from our Master Catalog, and two HVAC Excellence Certification Exam vouchers, free!  His career is a shining example!

I had been working in residential installs for 10 years and decided to enroll Escamillain the online courses to better my future.  I chose online because it was very convenient for me to work and go to school after work or on weekends.

After studying in the HVACR Apprenticeship Program for two years, I took a leap and landed a job doing commercial refrigeration service.  My new job is by no means easy, but it is a dream job!

I have to a credit my online courses for my daily success understanding code, basic troubleshooting, electrical, motors and most importantly safety.  I am so thankful that a program was created like this for all the men and women who work every day to support their families and who don’t have the time to sit in a classroom.

I would like to thank the HVACR education online program for helping me succeed in life and in an industry that I love.

                                                            –Sent from my iPhone

We had so much fun reading all the stories, we’ll have to do another contest one of these days.  Congratulations Miguel!  We wish you and your career much success!  Thank you for sharing your story.  It is an honor for us to help – you are the reason we do what we do – student success.

If you would like more information, please call Patricia Leiser at 888-655-4822 x1123 or email patricia@hvacredu.net

Comfort Systems USA selects HVACRedu.net for Online Education

CS-main-logo-RGBWe are pleased to announce our new agreement with Comfort Systems USA, who recently selected HVACRedu.net as its Educational Partner to provide training to its service technicians across the country.

HVACRedu.net has built a robust, comprehensive online campus for Comfort Systems USA that will hold a wide variety of educational courses fit for a service technician looking to steer his career in the right direction. As Brian Lane, CEO of Comfort Systems USA, states, “Comfort Systems USA is making this investment in and commitment to our frontline employees to help them advance their careers. We are happy to partner with HVACRedu.net to provide training to our technicians in a way that reflects the expectations of today’s workforce.”

Chris Compton, Founder and CEO of HVACRedu.net, said,

“With Comfort Systems USA as the leader in the industry, we’re gearing up not only to deliver our existing high quality educational experiences to a new market of technicians and contractors, but also to assist Comfort Systems USA in developing an exclusive certification program for its technicians.”

HVACRedu.net’s commitment to quality education and student success continues to drive a higher level of technician excellence. Comfort Systems USA® is a premier provider of business solutions addressing workplace comfort, with 90 locations in 85 cities around the nation. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.comfortsystemsusa.com.

HVACRedu.net, founded in 2000, provides online access to complete, comprehensive, and growing online educational programs, recognized by the leading experts in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Building Performance industries and utility companies as the primary online education resource. Asynchronous courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the convenience of adult learners. Skilled industry professionals maintain contact with each enrolled student. Quality education, student success, and exceptional customer service are the primary objectives.

If you would like more information, please call Patricia Leiser at 888-655-4822 x 1123 or email patricia@hvacredu.net