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Trainers Conference: Refrigerants  and Much More

Trainers Conference: Refrigerants and Much More

Who needs to know the most about refrigerants? It starts with anyone responsible for training technicians.

The 2011 National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference — March 20-22, Las Vegas, NV, will feature more than 40 different sessions, including many which are designed to help HVACR training professionals understand refrigerant use in the 21st century.

Sessions will include:

  • R-410A Train the Trainer: Dana Shanower, lead trainer for the United Association, will conduct a session dealing with changes to the Montreal Protocol and how the accelerated phase out of R-22 impacts the HVAC industry. The session will cover teaching technicians safe handling, proper charging procedures, refrigerant oils, safety controls, refrigerant safety, operating characteristics of R-410A, proper application and retrofitting.
  • POE Oil with New HFC's and its Effect on System Efficiency: David Boyd, vice president of Appion, will lead a session on how to dramatically speed the recovery and evacuation process, proper service procedures, alternative refrigerants, pit falls of POE oil and system evacuations, and the latest advances in ACR service equipment.
  • Free Recovery Equipment: To make certain that we are teaching proper recovery techniques, Appion created a program where schools and JATC programs may quality for a free recovery unit. Learn more about this during the National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference.
  • Variable Refrigerant Volume Technology: Thomasena Philen, trainer for Daikin AC, will conduct a session that explains Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV), and how it is applied in the industry. Engineers are requesting VRV HVAC systems that offer individual control, use inverter "variable speed" technology, lower operating cost and integrate smart control technologies. Don't get caught scrambling to get technicians trained.
  • EPA Regulatory Update Julius Banks, team leader and program manager for the EPA’s Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling and Emission Reduction Program will provide a regulatory update on subjects that include: Regulations regarding allowances for production and imports of HCFCs, Bans on the sale or distribution of pre-charged air-conditioning and refrigeration products and components containing HCFC-22 or HCFC-142b, and Rules on the importing of thermostatic expansion valves.
  • Gordon Holness P.E., past President of ASHRAE, will discuss how the HVACR industry is undergoing significant changes and those that are still to come.

Many other topics will be offered, including:

  • Zoning, by Joe Ramunni, Arzel Zoning Technology
  • Customer Services, by Earl Delatte, HVAC Excellence
  • Weatherization, by Joe Diem, HVAC Excellence
  • Training in the Multi-Family Environment, by Paul Rhodes, HD Supply
  • Thermal Imaging, by Bernie Lyon, Flir
  • Teaching Programmable Logic Controlllers, by Russ Burris
  • Connecting with Today’s Student in the Age of Electronics, by Professor and Author David Skaves.

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