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RSES Members Participate in NATE Certified Technician Competition

August 13th, 2008

Two members of RSES will participate in the ninth annual North American Technician Excellence Certified Technician Competition at HVAC Comfortech 2008 in Atlanta.

The two RSES members include Ratib Baker, CMS, of the Chesapeake Chapter, Baltimore; and Greg Kristiansen, of the Southern Vermont Chapter, Rutland, Vt.

Baker of Electric Motor Repair Co., Baltimore, has more than 30 years of experience in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Baker has held his current position for ten years where he manages the refrigeration service department and assumes various daily responsibilities as well as teaches various classes including: a basic gas class three times a year; an intensive gas apprentice training class twice a year; along with other training classes throughout the year. He stays current with the HVACR industry by utilizing various resources. “The primary sources I use for the industry changes are trade magazines, manufacturer’s Web sites and trade forums on the Internet,” explained Baker.

Baker attended the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, where he focused on electrical engineering technology and computer science. He holds several certifications and licenses including: six RSES Certificate Member Specialist classifications; North American Technician Excellence certification; and full Master HVACR licenses in Maryland and Delaware.

Kristiansen of GSK Climate Control Inc., East Dorset, Vt., has worked full-time in the HVAC industry for 25 years. Kristiansen enjoys all aspects of the HVAC business including system design and troubleshooting. When asked how he keeps up with changes in the HVAC industry, Kristiansen responded, “An instructor in college told me that you cannot possibly know all the answers, but you should be able to find them. The Web has made that much easier.”

Kristiansen graduated from SUNY Canton College, Canton, N.Y., and SUNY Delhi College, Delhi, N.Y., and belongs to several organizations including: Air Conditioning Contractors of America; RSES; National Fire Protection Association; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and the Propane Gas Association of New England.

The 2008 finalists were selected from thousands of HVAC technicians who took the NATE exam in 2007 and scored in the top 1% of the 22,000 tests given. These technicians will compete with five others selected from more than 200 semi-finalists in the HVAC industry. The competition will test the technological, systemic and mechanical knowledge required to install and service today’s heating and cooling equipment. During the competition, contestants will compete in a series of timed, hands-on events.

Residential heating and cooling equipment and simulators will be rigged with specific problems that require contestants to demonstrate their problem-solving skills by analyzing, diagnosing and correcting a number of equipment and system malfunctions. The technician who has the most correct answers will be awarded the Top Tech title. If there is a tie between technicians, the technician with the shortest time will be awarded the Top Tech title.

RSES is the world’s leading education, training and certification association for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals. RSES certification includes the Certificate Member and Certificate Member Specialist exam series (since 1935) and one of the largest EPA Section 608 programs in the industry. Founded in 1933, RSES is a non-profit organization of more than 15,000 members in 434 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as affiliate organizations worldwide. For more information on RSES call 800-297-5660 or 847-297-6464, or visit our Web site at RSES, 1666 Rand Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016. 

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