Technician Acceleration Program (TAP) Class Listings
October 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Class One: Combustion Air Requirements for Gas Burning Appliances
This class will teach students the techniques and procedures for providing combustion, ventilation, and dilution air for gas burning appliances such as water heaters, boilers, and forced air furnaces according to the International Fuel Gas Code.
Class Two: Computer Room Cooling Systems
Server rooms and computer equipment rooms have unique air conditioning needs. The special units designed to meet those needs are very similar to conventional air conditioning systems, but they are just different enough to get you into trouble if you’re not careful. This seminar will reveal the unique features of computer room AC (CRAC) systems and bring the conventional AC technician up to speed on how to service these specialized systems.
November 1, 2016 – November 31, 2016
Class One: Variable Speed Furnaces
This HVAC Service Mentor seminar will focus on the current generation of variable speed furnaces. This class is designed to help the installer and the service technician learn how to work with variable speed furnaces in order to get the very best performance from these excellent machines.
Class Two: Combustion Analysis Techniques
Combustion analyzers are sophisticated instruments that are vital to setting up modern burners. Did you also know that they are incredibly helpful troubleshooting and service tools as well? This HVAC Service Mentor seminar will familiarize students with the latest advances in combustion analyzer technology as well as how contractors and technicians can benefit from using combustion analyzers on every service call.
December 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Class One: Electronic Circuit Boards for HVAC
For many HVAC technicians, electronic control boards remain shrouded in mystery and a source of frustration and confusion. These days, electronic controls are at the heart of almost every part of the modern HVAC system. Completion of this class will help students gain a valuable understanding of the function, operation, and purpose of the most common HVAC electronic circuit boards both new and old and provide valuable diagnosis and troubleshooting tips and techniques.
Class Two: Dual Fuel Heat Pump Systems
Even though outdoor air temperatures are cool in winter, the outdoor air still has heat available. The heat pump takes advantage of that fact and absorbs heat from the outside air and deposits it indoors through a refrigeration system. In cool mild outdoor conditions, the heat pump will heat at a lower cost than a gas furnace. This HVAC Service Mentor seminar will teach students the vitals about Dual Fuel Heat Pump Systems using a gas furnace as a backup heat source.
January 1, 2017 – January 31, 2017
Class One: Variable Speed Motors
There is a new breed of HVAC/R motor in town. Known by names such as Variable Speed, X13, BPM, ECM, Evergreen, and others, these new motors offer performance never before seen in the HVAC/R world. This class will guide technicians through the ins and outs of this new breed of electrically commutated motor found in modern heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment.
Class Two: Reading Electrical Schematics
Troubleshooting heating or cooling systems usually involves working on electrical circuits. Reading and understanding electrical schematics is an essential skill for the HVACR service technician. This class will help students reach a higher level of understanding of electrical circuits and schematics by walking through several common schematic diagrams from actual heating and cooling systems found in the field. Technicians of all skill levels will benefit to attend.
February 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017
Class One: New Equipment Startup Procedures
The key to a successful new equipment installation or replacement and happy customers is a proper and thorough startup and commissioning process. This process will ensure the new equipment will deliver performance as promised and help eliminate warranty callbacks. This class will educate students on the process to properly startup and commission new installations of residential HVAC systems in both new construction and replacement / retrofit situations.
Class Two: Commercial Economizers
Many commercial rooftop units feature air side economizers to provide “free cooling” when outdoor conditions are right. Economizers are also a major part of today’s high volume demand ventilation systems. This HVAC Service Mentor seminar will familiarize students with the construction, wiring and installation of economizers as well as servicing and troubleshooting considerations
March 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017
Class One: AC Basics
This pre season seminar is the perfect primer for the new technician as well as a great refresher for the more experienced tech. All the information presented is or a practical nature and applies directly to field work. Students will receive lots of valuable training that can be applied in the field the very next day.
Class Two: AC Tune Up Procedures
This HVAC Service Mentor class will lead technicians through what will be the most thorough and comprehensive air conditioner tune up possible that will leave your customers impressed and wanting more of your services.
“AC tune up procedures:” will lead students through all of the necessary steps and give instructions on what needs to be done, how to do it, and why each step is important. This is an excellent training session for technicians who are new to the service aspect of the trade as well as an excellent refresher for more experienced technicians.
April 1, 2017 – April 31, 2017
Class One: Understanding and Servicing Thermostatic Expansion Valves
Thermostatic expansion valves are now the standard metering device for almost all split air conditioning systems. They require a different approach to servicing these systems than other types of metering devices. This class will share the secrets of how thermostatic expansion valves (TEVs) work and how to work on them. We will learn how to recognize problems with these devices and what steps to take to correct them.
Class Two: The “Black Art” or Troubleshooting
Top level service technicians never know what they will be faced with from one day to the next. They are expected to be able to troubleshoot and repair every type of heating and cooling system ever made and get it working right now. You may never be able to know everything about everything. BUT… if you practice this simple troubleshooting process, you won’t have to. This powerful critical evaluation technique will help you tackle larger and more complicated problems in a logical, repeatable manner. Mastering the technique will make everyday troubleshooting go faster with greater precision and accuracy.
This is not an introductory or basic level seminar. Attendees should already have a good understanding of the sequence of operations of a standard split system air conditioner.
May 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Class One: Working With Mini Split Air Conditioning Systems
Ductless mini – split air conditioners have become a very popular solution for many tricky residential and commercial applications that could not otherwise be served. These systems combine a host of new technologies that create a new set of service challenges.
This HVAC Service Mentor seminar will familiarize service technicians with the ins and outs of ductless mini – split air conditioner technology and help to create a greater degree of confidence and troubleshooting accuracy on a wide variety of systems.
Class Two: Refrigerant Leak Detection Techniques
This class will explore the various techniques and equipment available to service technicians for locating refrigerant leaks in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. We will learn the pros and cons of each type of leak detection system and learn the proper techniques to maximize the benefit of each.
This class is recommended for all technicians who want to learn the ins and outs of leak detection and how to maximize their effectiveness in the field.