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Contractors and Employers Invest in Technician Education

HVACRedu.net works with many leading contractors and employers all across the country to provide the training needed for their technician crews. It is time consuming for employers to create, deliver, and sustain technician training programs that meet the needs of the various levels of technicians.

Well . . . it WAS time consuming.

Now, contractors all across the country are discovering the numerous customizable HVACR Technician training programs available at their fingertips with HVACRedu.net. The industry knows that formal education is essential to the successful servicing of current HVACR equipment and to business success.  Here are just a few examples of the possibilities:

CS-main-logo-RGBMost recently, Comfort Systems USA has partnered with HVACRedu.net to establish their own custom campus for a wide variety of educational courses for their workers all across the country. You can read more about that in an article by Sara Scully at the Houston Chronicle.  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.”

minnicksOne business owner told Chris Compton, founder and CEO of HVACRedu.net, that he wanted a real training school with a classroom, computer lab, and instructional equipment lab, for all his technicians to use. And he wanted his own highly skilled technicians to teach the classes. Chris worked with Rob until Minnick’s HVACR Training Center became a reality! They blended the learning environment so technicians have the flexibility of online independent study time coupled with scheduled sessions of guided instruction. As a result, Minnick’s Heating, Cooling, Energy Solutions and Geothermal located in Laurel, Maryland was approved and recognized by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Now, Minnick’s provides the best training and the best service technicians in their city. A first class operation!

Another business owner told Chris he didn’t know where to start because he has startsmallthinkbiga number of experienced technicians, a handful of new technicians, and everything in between. Chris delivered an online assessment that identified each technician’s strengths and weaknesses and created a custom program for each tech based on the results of his or her assessments. It was genius! Now, the contractor has a structured training program for every technician and he receives progress reports on his technicians’ achievements along the way. And it didn’t cost an arm and a leg because their Annual Subscription programs are customized to focus on the needed subjects.
A1 heating and acA number of Idaho contractors keep coming back to HVACRedu.net for the related training portion of the state’s required 4-year HVACR Registered Apprenticeship Program. Contractors and business owners get more out of their technicians if they don’t have to travel to scheduled training sessions. The employers can even schedule online study time when it is most convenient, for example, between other business calls or coupled with a lunch break. And the students can put their new knowledge to work immediately. HVACRedu.net’s Apprenticeship Program is the only one with ANSI CAP and HVAC Excellence Accreditation – two measures of excellence in learning.

More?  Of course there’s more. HVACRedu.net can help solve almost any HVACR (or related industry) technician training problem and customize the solution to meet the specific needs of each individual. At a time when technician education is gaining importance, it’s good to know there is a place that takes care of the individual’s specific learning needs, and takes “time consuming” out of the equation.


How Do you Check your Run Cap?


Jeff Taylor

I remember being instructed in trade school to always have my ammeter on the common wire of the compressor on start up. This reading will give you first LRA and next FLA.

I think I was in my second season in the field when I was taught to move the meter to the start wire instead. If you look at a schematic of a normal PSC compressor you will see that the start winding is connected one side of the run capacitor and the run winding is connected to the other.

run cap diagram


What this means is that if you have your meter on the start winding at the start of the compressor you will read a lesser value then FLA, but if you have a reading it proves that the run capacitor is functioning. If the reading is 0 amps that would show that the run cap is open.

A PSC compressor can start and run without the run capacitor. It will pull over amperage, and go out on the internal overload.

Have you ever noticed that if the FLA for your compressor matches the specification plate on the side of the unit, you are in trouble? I don’t know why they are higher, but it has been my experience that they are. I was told by the supply house that I dealt with that from the time I learned this technique I purchased far more run capacitors than anyone else.

After you have established that the capacitor is working, you can switch your meter over to the common winding, and get the information you want.



HVACRedu.net Launches New HVACR Controls / Building Automation Systems Program

 Auvil, RonRon Auvil has been busy since joining HVACRedu.net last month.  He has written a series of courses to be delivered by LIVE webinar combined with online course access as the instructional platform.  Ron will walk students through the entire HVACR Controls / Building Automation Systems program one course at a time.  There is nothing like it in the industry or in the world, which is rather surprising because this program is essential for every technician who works with computer controlled HVACR systems.

The HVACR Controls / Building Automation Systems Program is made up of six courses, listed below.  The first two have been offered by HVACRedu.net for several years.  Students will be enrolled into the first two online courses as soon as their enrollments are received, and they can begin their independent study of those courses right away.

The following four courses are entirely new, written by Ron Auvil.  Students will gather in a LIVE webinar classroom setting with Ron Auvil on scheduled Tuesday and Thursday evenings to walk through courses #153-156, one module at a time.  The courses total 108 or more instructional hours delivered in a systematic progression.  They provide a good foundation, then move through the specific technologies of control systems.

The courses are:

  • 151 Building Automation Systems I  (online asynchronous independent study)
  • 152 Building Automation Systems II  (online asynchronous independent study)
  • 153 Control Systems Fundamentals  (LIVE webinar plus online asynchronous course access)
  • 154 Control Systems Types and BAS Basics  (LIVE webinar plus online asynchronous course access)
  • 155 Installing and Programming BAS  (LIVE webinar plus online asynchronous course access)
  • 156 BAS Features and Troubleshooting  (LIVE webinar plus online asynchronous course access)

The first webinar is scheduled to begin October 27th,  from 5 to 6:30 pm Pacific Time/6-7:30 pm Mountain/7-8:30 pm Central/8-9:30 pm Eastern; and will continue to meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until the program is completed.  Students benefit from Ron’s LIVE direct instruction, discussions, question and answer sessions, and review during the webinars.  Ron said, “This would be especially valuable for learners who need immediate interaction to make sure they fully understand the material.” In addition, each of the students will have access to the online courses for further independent study and review outside the webinars. Students will take the end-of-module exams online.

Each course requires approximately 18 hours of seat time.  Nine of those hours will be offered during the Tuesday & Thursday Webinar sessions.  The remaining hours are up to the individual students to log into their online courses, review and study further, read the companion textbook, and take the online exams.  Each course in the program is scheduled to be completed in three weeks.

HVAC Control Systems bookTextbooks are included with the BAS program.  Students will receive Ron’s book, HVAC Control Systems, shipped within days after program enrollment, and the Honeywell Engineering Manual is included as a downloadable file within courses 151 & 152.

Students who successfully complete the program with a 75% or higher grade will receive a certificate of completion.  All courses in the program also carry NATE and BPI continuing education credit for technicians maintaining industry certifications.

Ron wants you to understand why he is so passionate about this new program:

“HVAC mechanical systems in modern commercial buildings are controlled with Building Automation Systems (BAS).  The vast majority of BAS installed today are web based systems. These increasingly popular systems require a much different set of skills during installation, service, and operation than previous system types.  In fact, the job skills needed are a combination of HVAC mechanical systems, control systems and Information Technology (IT).  Acquire the skills needed to excel in BAS online at HVACRedu.net.”

There are only 20 seats available in the

LIVE webinar sessions.

Click here to claim your seat!

JOBS:  A quick check revealed that Indeed.com shows 1,044 job listings for Building Automation Controls Technician; Monster.com shows over 1,000, Career Builder shows 504, GlassDoor.com shows 4,457.  This skill set is much in demand right now and will continue to increase!