Students from California, Minnesota and Maryland were the winners of the PHCC educational foundation’s second annual HVAC apprentice contest.

The first place winner was Leroy Friend of Shapiro & Duncan Inc. in Rockville, Md.

Second place went to Tyler Sheppeck, who works at Corporate Mechanical in Minneapolis.

Third place was given to Los Angeles-based Lighthart Corp. employee Chris Lighthart.

 The main competition took place during the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors National Association’s Oct. 8-9 annual convention in New Orleans. A portion was also held at a community college in Metairie, La. Sponsors included Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute; Coburn Supply Co.; Rheem; North American Technician Excellence; and Emerson Climate Technologies.