Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Jack Vaccaro and Kristofer Petrie—along with Program Manager Chuck Taft—attended the 2016 American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Conference & Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (AHR) Institute Expo in Orlando, FL Jan. 23-27.
More than 2,000 manufacturers and 60,000 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) professionals attend the AHR event each year.
ASHRAE Conference, AHR Expo shapes students into valuable employees
Taft said the annual conference and expo are especially beneficial to students pursuing a career in HVACR.
At the events, Kristofer and Jack were able to:
- Participate in educational presentations, seminars, panels and workshops
- Learn how to navigate through everyday HVAC engineering and design issues
- Network with industry professionals and ASHRAE YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) members
- Hear about the industry’s latest awards, grants and competitions
- Examine new HVAC equipment, products and technologies from internationally recognized manufacturers
“When students have the opportunity to attend these events, they see the reality of where the HVAC industry is, where it’s going, and what they need to do to become sought-out professionals following graduation,” Taft said.
“The knowledge they gain from experiencing nationally-recognized industry events will make them more valuable employees.”
Dunwoody students appreciate learning outside the classroom
Taft said one of the student’s favorite parts of the trip was participating in the various events offered during the ASHRAE Student Program on Jan 24.
Through the program, Kristofer and Jack—who are both members of Dunwoody’s ASHRAE Student Chapter—were introduced to students from other HVAC programs across the country. Taft said his students appreciated learning how other students were also studying HVAC engineering concepts.
This is the fifth year Dunwoody students have attended the event, thanks to financial assistance from the Minnesota ASHRAE Chapter. In 2015, students traveled to Chicago, IL for the conference. The 2017 event will be held in Las Vegas, NV.