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Educational Sessions

The 2013 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           = Instructor     = Contractor to include Business/ 
                                                                               Soft Skills                 
 = Engineering    = Technical   
 

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

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

 

"RSES Certified Trainer"
Presented by Jennifer Leonard, this two-day program certifies industry trainers/instructors as premier instructional experts. Separate pricing and class size is limited, for pricing and space availability call Jean Birch at 800-297-5660 x4046. View RSES Certified Trainer Requirements & Guidelines for additional information.
 

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

 

"RSES Certified Trainer"
Presented by Jennifer Leonard, this two-day program certifies industry trainers/instructors as premier instructional experts. Separate pricing and class size is limited, for pricing and space availability call Jean Birch at 800-297-5660 x4046. View RSES Certified Trainer Requirements & Guidelines for additional information.

"Service Managers Workshop" 
Presented by Steve Wright Sr., CMS, and Tom Schaefer, CMS, this four-hour session is brought to you by the RSES Empire Keystone Association. Wright will discuss developing effective teams and Schaefer will discuss what the basic requirements are to be an effective service manager. Separate pricing, lunch included.
 

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013

 

"On-site Microbiological Testing Methods and Biofilm Control Using Solid Chemical Technology"
Presented by Attila G. Relenyi, Ph.D. and Janice K. Shawl of AMSA Inc. this two-hour session will target a beginner-level audience. Relenyi and Shawl will discuss the ATP method as a method to monitor the efficacy of biocide treatment and biofilm control. In addition, there will be an introductory discussion on the use of solid chemicals to control biofilm, corrosion and scale deposition. General concepts of on-site microbiological testing methods and biocide use will also be covered.

 


"Humidity and Room Design for Data Centers"   
Presented Steve Wellander, CM, RCT, of Data Aire Inc. this two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Attendees will gain an understanding of relative humidity, how it pertains to data centers and the practical control of humidity in a controlled space. Wellander will also provide practical solutions to humidity control in data centers and other high density heat applications.
 


 

 


"Gas Valve Actuators Made Simple" 
Presented by Raymond Joubran of Invensys Controls this two-hour session will target an intermediate-level audience and will include information on actuator types used with gas valves. Learn how to select gas valve actuators for millivolt, 24/120/240 voltages and hydraulic applications. This session will also cover troubleshooting, technical terminology, fuel and pressure characteristics.


"Brazing Fundamentals"   
Presented by Bob Cristan of Lucas Milhaupt this two-hour session will target a beginner-level audience. Cristan will cover the essential aspects of brazing technology combined with real life applications, case studies and if permitted, demonstrations.

 

"CM Exam Preparation"  
Presented by Jayson Goff, CMS, of T&O Refrigeration Inc. this two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Goff will review some of the key areas individuals seem to have the most problems with when taking the Certificate Member exam.




 


 

 


"Proper Commissioning of Residential Equipment" Presented by Jack Bartell of Virginia Air Distributors Inc. this two-hour session will target a beginner- to advanced-level audience. Bartell will review the importance of a proper start up for any piece of equipment. More and more installations will be scrutinized and verified by third-party raters. Is your company prepared to back up an installation with data that proves the unit was properly commissioned? Attend this session to ensure you are prepared.



 

 

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013


"What is VRV/VRF"    
Presented by Jeff Bledsoe of Daikin AC this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Bledsoe will cover the types of VRF products the market has to offer and their versatility in the market place. He will also review proper installation techniques to ensure trouble-free operation of the equipment, and some service tips to keep the equipment operating effectively. Attendees will also learn how to apply equipment effectively.



"Mini-Splits"    
Presented by Jeff Bledsoe of Daikin AC this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Bledsoe will cover proper equipment selection and location considerations, refrigerant piping, R-410A and PVE oil, refrigerant charging, electrical wiring, condensate piping requirements, controls, field settings, start up and basic troubleshooting.

 
"Brazing Workshop"    
Presented by Bob Henson of Harris Products Group this two-hour session will target all audience levels and will cover brazing topics for today’s HVACR applications. The session will discuss brazing basics including cleaning, flux, and product selection. A live demonstration will focus on recommended techniques. Base metals covered will include copper, brass, steel, and aluminum. Discussion will include a feature comparison of oxy-acetylene vs. air-acetylene equipment.



 

“Understanding Essential Refrigeration Service Components”  
 
Presented by Capitola Lau of Invensys Controls this two-hour session will target a beginner-level audience. Lau will cover commercial refrigeration service components such as pressure controls, temperature controls, filters, driers and valves. This session will also cover technical terminology about commercial refrigeration systems and include a hands-on lab on electronic temperature controls.

 
"Air Duct Board Fabrication" 
Presented by Pat Welch of Knauf Insulation, this two-hour session will target a beginner- to intermediate-level audience and will explain the benefits and uses of fiber glass duct systems, demonstrate how the product is fabricated, and discuss installation. Welch will also answer any unanswered questions regarding fiber glass duct systems.


"STEM an Opportunity for Improving HVACR Education"   
Presented by David G. Skaves, P.E., of Maine Maritime Academy/Pearson Education this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Skaves will cover today's workforce, the definition of STEM, the benefits of STEM, technological advances in education, how to develop and assess an online course, and the technological advances in the HVACR field and the resulting impact for education.

     
 




"Proper System Evacuation"
Presented by Jim Bergmann of TruTechTools, this two-hour session will target a basic- to intermediate-level student audience. Bergmann will provide a background on vacuum science accompanied by how it differs from pressure science. He will discuss proper tools, instruments, pumps and techniques to get to the proper vacuum in the shortest time. Bergmann will also cover the importance of maintaining clean, dry and tight systems.

 


"Commercial Controls and Networking”  
 
Presented by Bradd Best of Virginia Air Distributors Inc. this two-hour session will target a beginner- to intermediate-level audience. Best will explore the progression of standard controls to microprocessor-based controls while explaining the differences between analog and binary inputs and outputs. In addition, Best will cover the differences in protocols, such as Modbus, BacNet and Lon while touching on how a contractor can apply a unit designed with one protocol to an existing network using a different protocol so they can properly communicate with each other.  


 

 

"RSES Student Training Session"
Presented by Butch Dee of Steamfitters Local Union 449 & Ruthrauff Service, this hour and fifteen minute session will target a basic- to intermediate-level student audience. Dee will describe how students can gain knowledge and put to use the importance of making a positive first impression, developing rapport with customers and building and maintaining lasting customer relationships.
 

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

 

"R-22 Alternatives"   
Presented by Stephen Spletzer of Arkema Inc. this two-hour session will target a beginner- to intermediate-level audience. Spletzer will provide an overview of the R-22 phase-out schedule, provide an awareness of universal retrofit issues, discuss how to make an informed selection when choosing and R-22 retrofit, as well as cover the basic guidelines for retrofitting and troubleshooting.

 




"Technician Training"   
Presented by Marco Fortunato, CM, of Conservation Services Group this near two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Fortunato will give guidance to help air conditioning contractors provide technicians with training on how to better evaluate system operation, information on diagnosing shortcomings and improving system capacity and efficiency, as well as the effects temperature and airflow have on an air conditioning system. 





 

"Interpretation of Symptoms in Refrigeration and AC Systems"   
Presented by Jamie Kitchen of Danfoss, this two-hour session will target an intermediate-level audience. Kitchen will explore understanding what subcooling and superheat really indicate, how to relate ambient conditions to the measurements seen, how to quickly troubleshoot common TXV feeding problems, the relationship balance between key components such as the TXV and compressor, and finally the startup best practices to reduce call backs.


 


"Applying Controls to Your Refrigerated Facility, Large or Small"   
Presented by Keith Baughman of Danfoss, this two-hour session will target a beginner- to intermediate-level audience. Baughman will explain the value of controls in both the large and small store package size. Attendees will gain an understanding of why controls are used, how they benefit both the end user and contractor, and how anyone can gain by having energy controls installed. 


 


"Humidity and Room Design for Data Centers"   
Presented Steve Wellander, CM, RCT, of Data Aire Inc. this two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Attendees will gain an understanding of relative humidity, how it pertains to data centers and the practical control of humidity in a controlled space. Wellander will also provide practical solutions to humidity control in data centers and other high density heat applications. 




 


"Boiler Room Safety and Maintenance"   
Presented by Ray Wohlfarth of Fire & Ice Heating & Cooling this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Wohlfarth will explore, boiler room safety, boiler room codes, carbon monoxide dangers, boiler maintenance, boiler safety controls, Teflon tape and tests for leaking gas valves.


 

 

"How Indoor Blower Motor Technology has Changed Airflow Diagnostics"     
Presented by Christopher Mohalley of Genteq, a division of Regal-Beloit Corp., this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Mohalley will describe the operating characteristics, technology and diagnostics of each type of motor related to airflow, energy savings and application. Handouts will also be provided during this session.

 


"Introduction to Maxitrol's Gas Flame Modulation System"    
Presented by Tom Ganfield of Maxitrol Co. this 90-minute session will target all audience levels. Ganfield will cover Maxitrol’s gas modulating system and components. The session will compare indirect and direct fired burners, provide an overview of Maxitrol modulating controls for gas burners, provide selection and application procedures of Selectra components and systems, and will cover Selectra system troubleshooting techniques. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded by Old Dominion University for attending.
 

"Compressor Starting Problems"   
Presented by James Bowman of RectorSeal Corp. this two-hour session will target a beginner- to advanced-level audience. Bowman will review the electrical and mechanical dynamics that occur during the first second of a compressor motor startup and why hard-start devices are needed in some cases. Specific topics covered include: counter electromotive force; mechanical potential relays; three-wire and two-wire hard start device technology; locked rotor amps; testing run capacitors; and proper line load test application.

 

"Oil Heat Class - Fuel Unit Installation and Service"   
Presented by Mike Szentesy of Sid Harvey's, this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Szentesy will provide a technical approach to fuel units and oil treatment as it affects burner performance. Key points include line sizing, troubleshooting, fuel pump selection and more. Szentesy will also focus on installation and service of burner mounted fuel units. Attendees will learn about the proper use of chemical additives for peak oil burner performance.



"Peak Performance for the Technical Professional"   
Presented by Jim Johnson of Technical Training Associates this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Johnson will provide a practical approach to customer service, communications skills and sales skills for technicians. Specifically he will cover: the fundamentals of professionalism; how to maintain a professional approach; selling (an uncomfortable proposition); the truth, the whole truth...; homeostasis is a five-syllable word; and going around in circles can be a good thing. 





 

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

 

"Home Performance and HVAC"   
Presented by Marco Fortunato, CM, of Conservation Services Group this two-hour session will target an intermediate-level audience. Fortunato will cover the basics of home performance evaluations, the uses of the blower door diagnostic test to improve performance, and how to "insulate tight and ventilate right" using the new ASHRAE 62.2.2013 procedures.
 




 


"Soldering and Brazing No-Lead Copper Alloys"   
Presented by Dale Powell of Copper Development Association Inc., this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Powell will explain the no-lead codes and standards, copper tube and fitting standards, and properties of "no-lead" copper alloys. Attendees will learn the six steps of soldering and brazing and how they relate to soldering no-lead copper alloys.

 


"Advanced Controls Strategy, How to Apply, and Advantages for Refrigeraton Systems"   
Presented by Keith Baughman of Danfoss, this two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Baughman will explain the value of each control type and how it applies. Attendees will learn the reason for installing controls and what is required to install a full complement of controls to include the OEM, contractor, and end-users.

 

 

“How to Measure Ductwork to Meet Your Needs and Make You Look Like a Professional”    

Presented by Craig Hennemuth of Hennemuth Metal Fabricators, this two-hour session will target an intermediate-level audience. Hennemuth will provide a step by step process of taking correct job site measurements. He will also describe how carefully advised duct plans and taking proper measurements can make your job installation simpler and increase your income.

 

 


"Condensate Removal for Mini-Split Equipment"   
Presented by James Bowman of RectorSeal Corp. this two-hour presentation will target a beginner- to advanced-level audience. Bowman will cover gravity condensate removal, selecting the correct condensate pump, understanding pump terminology, installing condensate pumps, condensate overflow switch selection and IMC requirements for condensation.


 


"Under Pressure-Regulating Pressures in Refrigeration Systems"   
Presented by Rolf Blom, CMS, of the Sporlan Valve Division of Parker Hannifin Corp., this two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Blom will cover the different types of pressure-regulating valves and their operation. Blom will also discuss pressure drop, when it is needed and when it is not. 

 


"Proper System Evacuation"
Presented by Jim Bergmann of TruTechTools, this two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Bergmann will provide a background on vacuum science accompanied by how it differs from pressure science. He will discuss proper tools, instruments, pumps and techniques to get to the proper vacuum in the shortest time. Bergmann will also cover the importance of maintaining clean, dry and tight systems.


 


"Basic Schematic Reading/Meter Usage"   
Presented by Tom Schaefer, CMS, RCT, of Upstate Systems Inc. this four-hour session will target a beginner-level audience. Schaefer will explain electrical symbols, series and parallel circuits and tracing electrical paths on wiring diagrams. He will also present the proper application and use of your voltmeter, ohmmeter and ammeter. Bring your own meter (with the instructions) and get information on how to use it.

 


"Psychrometrics 101 and Beyond"     
Presented by Richard Wirtz, CMS, this two-hour session will target an intermediate-level audience. Wirtz will explain the practical application and use of the psychrometric chart. Understanding how to use this chart to determine sensible heat ratio, enthalpy, bypass factor, and grains of moisture in the air is paramount to personnel who work on these systems, therefore in addition, practical hands-on examples will be incorporated. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded by Old Dominion University for attending.

"Psychrometrics 201"     
Presented by Harlan "Skip" Krepcik, CMS, this two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Krepcik will review the psychrometric term definitions and the structure of a psychrometric chart. In addition, he will cover the methodology for creating a solution schematic for mixed air cooling processes and ways to use a solution schematic to predict variations in system performance at part-load conditions.


"Troubleshooting Vapor Compression Systems"     
Presented by Harlan "Skip" Krepcik, CMS, this two-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Krepcik will cover the definition of heat measurement terms and system components, review the refrigeration cycle as it applies to comfort cooling, interpret heat measurements to identify system faults, discuss the relationship of evaporator airflow to vapor compression performance and effective customer communication.


"RSES Advanced Training Session"   
Presented by Butch Dee of
Steamfitters Local Union 449 & Ruthrauff Service, this two-hour session will target all audience levels. Dee will discuss how to build relationships, how to communicate effectively with all customers as well as gain skills to recover from difficult service situations.

"Important Things to Know About Three Phase Motors"   
Presented by Steven J. Flaherty, CMS, of Triangle Tech, this four-hour session will target an intermediate- to advanced-level audience. Flaherty will describe three phase motor operating characteristics and troubleshooting techniques. This will include high and low voltage operating perimeters, motor direction reversal, winding testing, three phase voltage imbalance recognition, three phase voltage imbalance calculations, three phase voltage imbalance corrections, proper wire connections for nine terminal dual voltage motors, overcurrent protection and causes of single phasing.

 

 
 
 
 

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