with Phil Rizzo,
Q. What would you consider to be the biggest changes and
advancements to HVAC technology over the last few years?
A. Integration of computer controls and monitoring software
and hardware. These changes are making it more important
for the HVAC technician to get the proper training needed to
keep up with the advancements in the industry and create an
all-around better, more efficient technician.
Q. What should technicians keep in mind to ensure HVAC
systems are running at peak efficiency?
A. Two of the most important things to keep systems operating at peak efficiency are cleanliness and airflow. A dirty
HVAC system and/or obstructed airflow can lower efficiency
and even stop units from running. Preventive maintenance
and annual cleanings will help ensure maximum efficiency.
Q. Does Coyne College see
a skills gap in the area of commercial HVAC installation and
repair? If yes, how is your organization working to increase
interest in this trade?
A. There is a skills gap in commercial installation and repair,
and Coyne College is constantly reviewing its curriculum to
ensure that it is providing the best available training in all
areas of HVAC education, be it commercial or residential.
We offer commercial refrigeration training on ice machines,
coolers, and chillers in our diploma program, and our degree
program gets into building automation control systems like
the Trane Tracer Summit, demonstrating how buildings are
controlled through computer programming, which can be controlled from almost anywhere computer access is available.
Q. What is the best way for businesses to keep technicians
current and up to date on the latest equipment trends and
A. Very simply, continued training. Keeping technicians up to date
on the latest technologies will provide a better understanding of the
equipment and better quality repairs
and installations. An educated technician will be able to troubleshoot
and repair equipment quicker, thus
increasing productivity with less frustration, which is what happens when
you try to repair equipment without
understanding its technology.
Coyne offers diploma and associate degree programs in a variety of
fields including heating, air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical/
electronics, and healthcare.
To learn more, visit www.coynecol-lege.edu or call (800)707-1922.
Coyne College is a Chicago-based trade school that’s been teaching HVAC and
other vocations for more than 110 years. Student services, from tutoring and
career development to job placement assistance, are structured to enhance
career preparation by addressing each student’s unique needs. IMPO sat down
with Phil Rizzo, an HVAC instructor at Coyne College, to discuss the biggest
advancements in HVAC technology, and how to address the skilled trades gap.