James Milton (right) explains duct cleaning to a group of students at the new Rotobrush training lab.

Air duct cleaning manufacturer Rotobrush International opened the doors of its new 3,600-square-foot training facility in Grapevine, Texas.

The new lab offers hands-on stations representing scenarios found in the field. Stations include extended plenum, radial perimeter, flex duct and service openings, and use both the Rotobrush Air air-duct cleaning system and Atlantic Engineering Ultralite II equipment.

Rotobrush says the facility has a unique jobsite feel, specially designed to mimic real rooms.

Students each use the equipment in different scenarios and interact with instructors and other air duct cleaners from around the United States and other countries.

“The facility is so large and it’s all state-of-the-art. The training that you get when you purchase a machine - it’s phenomenal. They take you through everything step-by-step,” said Rick Guiterrez, a Rotobrush customer and trainee. “There were a lot of companies from all over the United States. I was impressed that so many people were interested in this company. Now that I’ve come to the training facility and met people that are in the same line of business, we talk to each other and we network with each other.”

Rotobrush staff instructors, who include nine Air Systems Cleaning Specialists, lead students in the monthly Rotobrush certified-training program. In addition, training includes classroom participation on topics including HVAC systems, indoor air quality, microbial contamination, the duct-cleaning process, equipment and maintenance, and business planning and marketing.