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Empire Keystone Association Seminar and Fall Meeting
September 15th, 2017 - September 16th, 2017
4:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Center at the Holiday Inn Lehigh Valley
7736 Adrienne Drive
Breinigsville, Pennsylvania 18031
United States
Event Details:

Fri. Sept. 15 4:00PM—7:30PM

Testing: NATE, EPA, CM, CMS

Must pre-register for desired exam

Sat., Sep. 16

7:30: Continental Breakfast

8:00: Load Calculation

How do you size heating and cooling equipment? Guess? Ask

someone? So many BTU’s per square foot? Learn the concept of

Manual J calculations and you won’t have to take out a furnace

or condenser due to wrong size.

9:30: Reach-In Coolers

Troubleshooting Reach-in Coolers. Covering how to diagnose

common failures on these systems some of which include< failed

compressors, refrigerant leaks, restricted capillary tubes and

etc. The PH diagram will also be covered including how to plot

the refrigeration cycle and how to use the PH diagram to show

cause and effect of some common problems.

12:30: Lunch

1:00: EPA Regulations and Changes

Session will review the EPA regulations that took effect on January

1, 2017 and also the regulations taking effect starting January

1, 2018 and January 1, 2019. It is important to understand

these regulations as they relate to you as a technician and/or as

a HVACR business. The material will be presented via easy flow

charts with additional documentation as a reference to the


2:00: A Jeopardy style game for all to participate. This will

be a fun time for all as you select HVAC categories and

answer questions just like the real Jeopardy game. Prizes

will be awarded to all contestants.

Sun., Sep. 17

7:00: Breakfast in Dining Room

8:00: EKA Business Meeting—All RSES members invited

Arthur Miller, CMS, RCT, has a B.S. Degree in Education from CaliforniaUniversity and a M. Ed. Degree from Eastern Michigan University. He is retired after having taught HVACR for over 35 years at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh PA. Prior to CCAC, he was a Factory Rep. for both York and Gibson Products. Miller is an ASHRAE member, aCMS member in RSES and serves as a reviewer of RSES and ACCA Society Publications. He is Region 2 Director for RSES and an RCT for RSES. Mr.Miller has NATE Certifications and is a trainer/proctor for NATE Certifications. He operates a family owned Property Rental Business and KAM Associates,an HAC consulting business.

Tom Schaefer, CMS, RCT, is Technical Service Manager for Upstate Systemsin Buffalo, New York, a YORK HVAC distributor. He is a 44-year veteranin the HVAC industry with more than 41 years as an RSES member.Schaefer has created and presented training programs covering schematicreading< meter usage< residential and commercial gas pipe sizing< furnacevent pipe sizing< installation< pressure-switch testing< zone valve operationand more. Schaefer has been active in various capacities such as a servicetechnician for forty years, an HVAC contracting business owner for 33 years, and service manager the past eight years. In addition, Schaefer is highly accomplished and holds NATE certification in 10 areas as well as multiple RSES CM and Specialist certificates. He is also the educational director and treasurer of the RSES Niagara Frontier Chapter and president of the RSES Empire Keystone Association.

Joe Marchese, CMS, has over thirty years of working experience in the HVAC/R industry and has been an instructor for over fifteen years.

He started his career working in his family's HVAC/R contracting business in NewYork City. During his career Joe has held many diverse positions in our industry such as the National Service Manager for Coldelite Corp., Refrigeration Facilities Manager for K-mart Corporation, Service Supervisor for Carrier Corporation, trainer for the International Union of Operating Engineers, and training manager for Stulz-ATS. Currently Joe owns and operates a RHVAC contracting business in Pittsburgh, PA.

Marchese is also a contributing monthly columnist for THE NEWS and has published many articles in the RSES Journal, Service Reporter and RSC Contracting magazine. He was a contributing editor to ARI’s recent “Refrigeration and Air Conditioning” textbook. Joe is also author of LAMA Books publication “Troubleshooting Tips for Servicing Refrigeration Systems”

Joe is an active member of RSES and holds five Specialist Certifications with RSES and held the position of International President for the year 2013-14. He has conducted multiple education seminars for RSES. He is currently the education chairman for the Greater Pittsburgh chapter and the Empire Keystone Association (EKA).

RSES is the leading education, training and certification preparation organization for HVACR professionals. RSES publishes various comprehensive industry training and reference materials in addition to delivering superior educational programs designed to benefit HVACR professionals at every stage of their careers through instructor-led training courses, online training for HVAC, educational seminars, interactive CD and DVD products, industry-related reference manuals, and helpful technical content through Service Application Manual chapters, the RSES Journal, the RSES Journal archives and feature articles, as well as web-exclusive features.

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.

RSES’ monthly magazine, RSES Journal, serves HVAC contractors, service technicians, students, operations/maintenance managers, engineers and technicians who work in the residential, light commercial, commercial and institutional markets on air conditioning, warm-air heating, refrigeration, ventilation, electrical, ice machines, chillers, hydronic heating, piping, refrigeration control and energy management, building automation, indoor air quality and duct cleaning, and sheet metal fabrication equipment and/or systems.
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