ATMOsphere America 2015 outlined the acute need for expanded training programmes for natural refrigerants in the U.S., with the evolution of online training packages, upgraded curriculums pertaining to low charge ammonia, the expansion of allowable hydrocarbon applications following the 2015 EPA SNAP updates, as well as the increasing emergence of CO2 transcritical and subcritical systems in commercial and industrial refrigeration, driving the market and increasing demand.
“What’s great about being a compressor manufacturer is that we get exposed to a wide variety of applications, so we get to see a lot, and when we conduct training sessions we get a wide variety of questions and attendees. In a lot of cases we’re the jack of all trades and the master of none.”
“As the refrigeration industry in the U.S. evolves towards more regulatory compliance requirements as well as increased use of other natural refrigerants other than ammonia, for the training of technicians to work with new and innovative systems there would be a need to update not only the content of the training but also the delivery methods.”
“We’re a greying, maturing industry and we’re not getting young technicians in the field anymore. Hands on, hands on, and more hands on. Contractors are vigil learners and we have to be enable them to get their hands on the equipment.”
“Since 2012 we’ve trained approximately 1500 as of June 2015 and demand and enquiries for RSES’s training services have tripled since the regulations were introduced in March,” Arthur Miller, RSES, said from the conference in Atlanta.
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