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    Energy Air, Inc., kicked off the new school year for its in-house Florida Air Conditioning Training (F.A.C.T.) Program on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

    The F.A.C.T Program is a three-level training program that provides an opportunity for Energy Air’s employees to take advantage of skill and safety training pertaining to HVAC for residential and commercial buildings.

    The program includes curriculum broken into three levels, with Levels I, II and III being taught each year. Level I of the program launched in 2007.

    Thirty-one students are newly enrolled in the program this year, with a total of 49 students attending classes in various levels. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and are free to Energy Air employees. Classes are held in Energy Air’s training facilities in the company’s Orlando and Plant City offices as well as on job sites, as needed.

    This is the first year graduating students from all three levels will have the ability to become instructors. Graduates will teach classes based on their individual strengths. For example, a graduated sheet metal mechanic will be teaching the sheet metal discipline to Level I students.

    In addition to skill and safety training for the HVAC industry, Level I of the F.A.C.T. Program is also focused on teaching Energy Air company standards, practices, procedures and culture, according to Harvey Tillman, senior field operations manager with Energy Air, who has been heavily involved in the F.A.C.T. Program since its inception.

    “There are nine ways to hang a piece of duct,” said Tillman. “We’ve picked the most cost-effective, efficient, safe and productive way to do it. That’s the kind of stuff we teach in Level I.”

    Standards are continuously monitored and modified through the years, according to Tillman.

    “We are constantly looking at cutting-edge methods that we can implement and train our team on,” said Tillman. “We like to keep open lines of communication with our team, and with feedback from the field, we are able to evaluate and implement new standards as well as innovative and cutting-edge methods.”

    F.A.C.T. Level IV is currently in the making. The curriculum will be more technical than Levels I through III and will include training on piping and controls as well as management courses.

    Energy Air began developing the curriculum for the F.A.C.T. Program when company leaders discovered there was a lack of effective training for commercial HVAC available from third-party sources.

    The curriculum covers all aspects of HVAC in both English and Spanish and was developed by Energy Air’s 26 field-trained instructors. Courses include the following: Introduction to HVAC, Mathematics, Blueprint Reading, Personal Protective Equipment, Lifting, Communications, Mechanical Code, Specifications, CPR/First Aid, Emergency Response, Tools, Fiberglass, Metal and Exhaust Duct, Piping, Controls, Heating and Cooling Design, Scheduling, Rigging, Fire and Smoke Dampers, Equipment/Curbs, Air Distribution and Voltage.

    Graduation for this year’s F.A.C.T Program will be held April 8, 2011. Since Energy Air launched the F.A.C.T. Program, more than 120 employees have participated in the training.

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