Tuesday, March 22, 2016
6:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Coffee and Snack
Sponsored by Bacharach and ESCO Institute
Network with your peers over coffee and a light snack before sessions begin.
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
CEU Value 0.2
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) and Variable Refrigerant Temperature (VRT)
Thomasena Philen, Daikin AC
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) is the wave of the future. How can the industry improve on this leading edge
technology, by combining VRF with Variable Refrigerant Temperature (VRT). This session will discuss the
basics of VRF & inverter technology and how it is typically applied and then expand on how Variable
Refrigerant Temperature can improve on overall system efficiency. VRT is a commercial cooling & heating
application. Instructors teaching VRT technology in the classroom will be building upon a solid foundation of
the refrigeration cycle and how it looks on a P&E chart as well as applying the concepts to system design.
The Pupil to Professional Predicament: Teaching Tenacity
Steve Coscia, Coscia Communications
Today’s millennial students (born after 1980) may be our most educated generation ever, but they also score
lower than their international peers in literacy, numeracy and problem solving based on a recent Educational
Testing Service (ETS) report. The reasons for this trend are numerous with varied present and future socio-
economic implications. One skill that may trump all others is tenacity – the will to persevere. Contractors
agree that they would risk hiring a college graduate who lacked real-world field experience providing the
candidate had positive soft skills such as tenacity.
Attend this session and learn the core soft skill behaviors required to help students succeed in the
marketplace. Attendees will learn about: the latest, most state-of-the-art research on soft skill behaviors,
most common soft skill behavioral deficiencies, contractor case study metrics based on actual feedback, best
soft skill classroom practices among trade schools, the soft skill behaviors that employers seek in a job
candidate, and get classroom strategies you can use immediately.