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2014 Educational Sessions

The 2014 RSES conference will deliver a total learning experience for: heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors; service technicians; operations/maintenance managers, engineers and technicians; engineers; sales staff; instructors; and students.


Educational Session Focus Key:

 

  Auxiliary

  Engineering

  Instructor

  Technical

  Contractor to include Business/Soft Skills

 

Sessions are being added frequently, please check back for newly added information.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

 

Profit Management for HVACR Contractors
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Presented by Harlan "Skip" Krepcik, CMS, RCT, this presentation is designed to help contractors read, understand and use information on typical financial statements. The development of strong fiscal skills is essential to survival. The information provided in this presentation is structured to start participants on the road to mastering these skills.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 15

 

CM Exam Preparation
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Presented by Jayson Goff, CMS, this session will review some of the key areas individuals seem to have the most problems with when taking the RSES Certificate Member exam.

 

 

 

NATE Core Exam Preparation
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Level: Basic
Presented by John Taylor, this session will address the personal and business skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry. In addition, specific topics covered during the session will include tools, safety, heat and matter, electrical fundamentals and diagrams, test instruments, and transformers and motors.

 

The Importance of Using Combustion Analyzers to Troubleshoot Heating Appliance Operation
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Level: Basic/Intermediate
Presented by Brenda Reimer, this session will cover the benefits and increased revenue potential when using combustion analyzers to troubleshoot heating appliance operation. Topics include the science behind combustion analysis, the information a combustion analyzer provides and why, how a combustion analyzer can help "guide" you through a service call, and more.

 

The ABCs of DCV with VFD
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Level: Combination
Presented by Mel Johnson, this session will provide insight on how advanced controls can bring value to your business. Learn the technology of demand-controlled ventilation with variable-frequency drive and how to sell it to the right types of customers. 

 

EC Motors-The Fan Drive of the Future
10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Level: Combination
Presented by Moritz Kramer, this session will review how electronically commutated motors work, what an external rotor EC motor is, the power range of EC motors, how to save energy with the right fan drive as well as why it is necessary to control the speed of the fan by a variable frequency drive.

 

Key Observations and Measurements for System Performance
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Level: Combination
Presented by Jamie Kitchen, this presentation will investigate the key observations, measurements and factors that determine proper system performance as it relates to energy efficiency and humidity control.

 

Refrigerants and Regulatory Update-What's Next
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Presented by Ron Vogl, this discussion will focus on the current state of refrigerants in use in both refrigeration and air conditioning. The phaseout of R-22 and the possible rule changes by the EPA concerning approved refrigerants will be discussed. Retrofitting procedures and refrigerant evaluations will be covered along with a glimpse of the next generation of refrigerants and their possible applications will be explored. In addition, an in-depth explanation of working with these refrigerants will focus on setting up systems and controls to accommodate glide.

 

Brazing Fundamentals
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Level: Basic
Presented by Bob Cristan, this session will cover the essential aspects of brazing technology combined with real life applications, case studies and if permitted, demonstrations. 

 

Thursday, Oct. 16

 

How Indoor Blower Motor Technology has Changed Airflow Diagnostics
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Level: Combination
Presented by Christopher Mohalley, this session will address the operating characteristics of each type of motor related to airflow, energy savings and application. Contractors and educators of all skill levels will benefit from this in-depth discussion of indoor blower motor technology and airflow diagnostics. Handouts will be provided during the session.

 

Inverter Technology and Variable Refrigerant Flow in North America
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Level: Combination
Presented by Thomasena Philen, this session will discuss the concepts of inverter driven compressors and continue into variable refrigerant flow systems and how they are changing the industry. The session will end with a discussion on the skillset that will be needed of technicians entering the industry as the professionals in the workforce today retire.

 

 Refrigerant Management Program (RMP)
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Level: Combination
ARB staff will discuss an overview of the RMP including: background; basis; and objectives. Enforcement staff will discuss service practices for compliance and real world examples of enforcement issues. Staff from the Office of the Ombudsman will discuss small business assistance and additional resources including best practices to minimize leaks and alternatives to high-GWP refrigerants. There will be discussion opportunities for each section of the presentation. Speakers may include representative(s) of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

 

Which Filter will Work Correctly in this System?
10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Presented by Alan Veeck, this session will cover 52.2, how and why we got to MERV, what it means and how you can use it to get other information, such as pressure drop. Additional topics include air filtration for LEED and life cycle costing. All types of applications will be discussed from residential to commercial to hospital and clean rooms.

 

Arc Flash Safety-PPE and Other Protective Equipment for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Level: Combination
Presented by Frank Gregory, this session will define and present the dangers of arc flash. OSHA requirements and responsibilities will be identified as well as the best practices in complying with these regulations. Attendees will learn the acceptable methods of identifying arc flash hazards, how to prevent an arc flash incident, and how to properly protect themselves in case they are exposed to an arc flash. The instruction will include the proper selection, use, and care of insulating rubber products, arc flash personal protective equipment and voltage rated insulated hand tools.

 

The Right Tools for HVACR
10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Level: Basic
Presented by Tony Gonzalez, this forum-style session will encourage attendees to provide feedback about the current state of test tools in major testing categories for HVACR students and professionals. Current tests and testing methods will be covered as well as a discussion on how to improve them with updated technology and procedures. Attendees are encouraged to share limitations they face with current test tools and provide ideas on how to improve them.

   

Micro-Controls Link to Net Zero
*This session is for students and instructors
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Level: Basic/Intermediate
Presented by Timothy Muckey, CM, this session will cover the application of micro-controls to reduce global footprint and meet net zero energy goals. Learning objectives include: basic understanding of logic controls; role of economizer in efficency; what is net zero; how net zero and micro-controls are linked; divide and conquer; and micro-controls and system sequence to support net-zero.

 

Friday, Oct. 17

 

Motor Troubleshooting-Beyond the Basics
1:30 - 3:3
0 p.m.
Level: Intermediate
Presented by Dennis Bush, this session will cover a number of troubleshooting situations in detail to determine the next cause(s) of the problem and how it relates to basic principles.

 

Micro-Controls Link to Net Zero
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Presented by Timothy Muckey, CM, this session will cover the application of micro-controls to reduce global footprint and meet net zero energy goals. Learning objectives include: basic understanding of logic controls; role of economizer in efficency; definition of net zero; how net zero and micro-controls are linked; divide and conquer; and micro-controls and system sequence to support net-zero.

 

 Psychrometrics 201
1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Level: Basic/Intermediate
Presented by Harlan "Skip" Krepcik, CMS, RCT this session will cover using data from the solution schematic to determine airflow volume and refrigeration tonnage. Mixed air, steam injection and evaporative cooling processes will be explained. This is a participative presentation. Attendees should bring a pencil, eraser and electronic calculator.

 

 The TEV Story (The Nitty Gritty on Thermostatic Expansion Valves)
3:40 - 5:40 p.m.
Level: Basic
Presented by Jon Grable, this session will take a closer look at the often misunderstood TEV and consider how this small system component plays such a key role in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Grable will touch on the big picture of superheat control as well as the construction, operation and application of TEVs. Practical troubleshooting techniques and Q&A time will also be provided.

 

Disaster is Coming-Are You Ready?
3:40 - 5:40 p.m.
Level: Basic/Intermediate
Presented by Michael J. Thompson, CMS, this session will cover what you do before disaster hits. Attendees will review an incoming "storm" and prepare a plan to ride it out while taking the time of year and supplies into account. This is an interactive session with attendee participation.

 

Saturday, Oct. 18

 

Understanding Essential Refrigeration Service Components
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Level: Intermediate
Presented by Capitola Lau, this session will address Ranco commercial refrigeration service components such as pressure controls, temperature controls, filters, driers and valves. Lau will also cover technical terminology about commercial refrigeration systems and the session will include a hands-on lab on electric temperature controls.

 

Raypak Products, Boilers and Parts
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Level: Basic
Presented by James Kastigar, Eddie Dombrowski and Scott Sampson, this session will cover an introduction to as well as details on Raypak's most popular boiler, Hi Delta. Installation, start-up procedures, and basic troubleshooting will also be discussed.

 

Ductless System Installation
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Level: Intermediate
Presented by James Bowman, this session will highlight the important issues specifically related to the design, installation and startup of ductless mini-split HVAC systems. The class is not "brand specific," but uses some OEM installation instruction materials. Bowman will also discuss how to choose and install the right accessories for a perfect installation!

 

Humidity Control and Room Design
10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Level: Combination
Presented by Steve Wellander, CM, RCT, this session will provide an overview of a very complex area of air conditioning while offering practical solutions to humidity control in data centers and other high density heat applications. Wellander will cover relative humidity, dew point differences, types of rooms that require humidity control and more.

 

Gas Valve Actuators Made Simple
10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Level: Advanced
Presented by Raymond Joubran, this session will cover actuator types used with gas valves. Attendees will learn how to select gas valve actuators for millivolt, 24/120/240 voltages and hydraulic applications. Joubran will also cover technical terminology, fuel and pressure characteristics.

 

The New Motor Frontier: PMAC Motors
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Level: Combination
Presented by Bill Carroll, this session will cover how the electrical motor industry will change from induction motor to permanent magnet AC motors. Attendees will learn how to retrofit (mechanically) induction motors with PMAC motors, understand the energy saving opportunities with PMAC motors, understand how to specify the correct size, upgrade applications to PMAC motors, and more.

 

Economizers-Taking the Fear out of Servicing and Retrofitting
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Level: Intermediate
Presented by Ken Robinson, CM, this session will address the most neglected and least understood part of the HVAC system - economizers. Robinson will review how economizers work, economizer controls, retrofitting, replacement and maintenance of economizers. 

 

Measured HVAC System Performance-If You Don't Measure, You're Just Guessing 
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Level: Combination
Presented by Scott Johnson, this session will cover how to quickly measure HVAC system performance and utilize simple measurements with common test instruments typically carried on a service technician's vehicle. Attendees will learn why system performance is probably not working as well as they think.

 
 
 
 

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Beginning with basic theory and extending to complex troubleshooting, training courses covering refrigeration and air conditioning, heating, electricity, controls, heat pumps and safety may be conducted in a classroom environment or though self study. RSES publications may be purchased by schools, contractors, manufacturers or any other industry group wanting to conduct comprehensive training programs. Seminars covering air conditioning troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, compressor training, condenser training, refrigerant piping practices, DDC controls, and more are held in various cities across North America.

Select training programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and NATE Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

In addition, RSES offers industry certification preparation materials for refrigerant handling (EPA Section 608), R-410A and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) examinations.

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