College helps build Kalamazoo, Mich., HVAC industry pipeline
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Michigan is provided a training ground for aspiring HVAC technicians to gain hands-on experience, something many companies are having a hard time finding in the workforce. "Nationwide we're 1.2 million people short in the HVAC industry, and in Michigan specifically, we're about 22,000 people short," says Brad Bartholomew, co-owner of Bartholomew Heating and Cooling. WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo, Mich.) (1/9)
Investment in apprentices pays off for Flamco
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
Since 2009, The Flamco Group has offered apprentices the opportunity to gain knowledge and get excited about the HVAC industry in the UK. "We have since regularly recruited apprentices, in engineering, production, warehousing and customer service roles, and we're convinced as a business that apprentices are an important part of what we do, bringing in new blood to the company and seeing the company putting something back into the local community," Flamco's Janice Sanderson says. BMJ (London) (1/15)
Commentary: It's time to see BIM beyond 3D models
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
Companies often see finding geometries of 3D models as building information modeling's sole purpose and fail to think about how other purposes tie into the "digital reality" of a project, mostly because customers commonly ask for a Revit model, writes William Tompkinson. He predicts BIM will see a breakthrough this year, with point clouds used across entire building cycles. SPAR 3D (1/14)
Training for smoke control systems in subway tunnels
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
The training process for smoke control systems in subway tunnel renovations must include reviews of mass transit, building operation, smoke control and HVAC security guidelines, writes Amanda Parolise. The process must also cover ventilation and automation control training for specific systems and the delivery of air balancing reports. Engineered Systems (1/14)
OSHA aims to prevent workplace falls
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is promoting its fall-safety videos and fall-prevention training guide amid continuing instances of injuries and deaths caused by falls at workplaces. OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is May 6 through 10. EHS Today (1/14)
HVACR contractors can boost profits through prequalification
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
Prequalifying customers based upon profitability levels can help HVACR contractors avoid wasting their time while improving revenue. Still, it's important not to use blanket filters on customer databases that may result in the loss of good customers, warns David Squires, co-owner of Vincent's Heating and Plumbing. The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News (free registration) (1/14)
HVAC firms must be careful not to overvalue leads
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
It's important not to overvalue leads, as the lifetime worth of a customer tends to be less than $3,000 and not the $15,000 to $20,000 that most HVAC contractors assume, Stochastic Marketing consultant Erik Wytrwal said during an AHR Expo 2019 presentation. By opting for a high volume of low-quality leads, companies can expect customer values to drop even lower, with more calls worth $500 or less, he explained. Contractor Magazine (1/15)
Analysis: Gen Z could help industries close skill gaps
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
Generation Z will likely be a more recruitable generation than millennials have been and could help industrial firms and contractors fill the current skills gap, according to economist Chris Kuehl. To benefit from the talent of Generation Z, employers should be willing to invest in training and to incorporate text messaging and other technology to communicate with employees. Metal Center News online (1/14)
No art or learning is to be pursued halfheartedly ... and any art worth learning will certainly reward more or less generously the effort made to study it.
15 Jan 2019 14:38:30 CST
Murasaki Shikibu, novelist, in The Tale of Genji
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