HVACR Business

JUN 2017

Help hvacr contractors master the critical components of business management.

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2017 EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT 8 hvacrbusiness .com an instructor who gets your technicians engaged with the topic and requires their active involvement. When their hands do something and they are discussing the issue, their brains are more fully engaged. Lab manipulatives are among the best teaching tools in HVACR training : students can re-create the systems under the instructor's tutelage. ey are especially good if taken apart ahead of time and assembled in class in front of the technicians or by technician teams. For system designs, icon-based magnetic boards offer excellent options for getting technicians to think about the system and component series. The Science of Training Many professorial types have published learning style research papers and books. ese can be interesting reads, but when you're trying to explain the vapor compression cycle to a mechanic, will you have success by simply throwing a psychometric chart on the screen and tracing the change in temperature, dew point, enthalpy, etc.? Probably not. For many years, I've taught young people, graduate students and adults in engineering classes and most recently as an adjunct professor for solar thermal system CEU type classes. Frankly, I did my most successful instruction when I figured out how they learn best and adapted my teaching style. When selecting someone to train your technicians, adaptability cannot be overlooked. Dollars put toward education are valuable, and the right trainer can ensure you get the most bang for your buck. n Pete Skinner is the owner and founder of Earth Environmental Group, LLC. (E2G Solar), where he designs, installs, repairs, researches and teaches about residential and commercial solar thermal systems. His courses range from entry level to advanced solar thermal at conferences and colleges across the USA. Contact Pete at 518-369-3208 or visit e2gsolar.com. Dollars put toward education are valuable, and the right trainer can ensure you get the most bang for your buck. Continued from 7

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