Two national instructor’s workshops are coming soon – one on the west coast and one on the east coast. The HVAC Excellence National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference is this coming week March 20 – 2 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. The HVACR & Mechanical Instructor’s Workshop is later the same week, March 23 – 25 in Landsdowne Virginia. This workshop is sponsored by a group of eleven industry organizations, including AHRI who initially started this annual workshop over a decade ago. Both conferences have an impressive list of speakers and topics. David Skaves will be speaking at the Las Vegas conference. He is co-author of the new AHRI text Fundamentals of HVAC/R. If you can find a way to attend one of these conferences you won’t be disappointed. They are well worth your time. Unlike generic teacher’s conferences that target all subjects, these are specific to our field. And unlike industry showcases like ComforTech or the AHR show, these are specifically for teachers. As a result, everything you see will have a direct application to teaching HVAC/R.
I know that times are tough and getting funding and permission to go is difficult. When presenting the idea to your school administrators be sure to forward a copy of the program from the conference(s) that you want to attend. Both the National Educators and Trainers Conference in Las Vegas and the HVACR & Mechanical Instructor’s Workshop have well done professional programs on the web (click on the conference name). Be sure to note the large number of educational sessions. There are literally more sessions than you will have time to attend. Point out that attending will keep you informed about emerging technology like communicating systems. Point out that by attending you will be better positioned to integrate green mechanical concepts into your curriculum as a result of attending the conferences.