Union, manufacturer support training efforts
Xylem and the United Association union are working together on a training initiative to repair HVAC pumps.
“Both Bell & Gossett and UA are well respected in the United States and around the world for their comprehensive, premier skills training programs,” said Larry Konopacz, Xylem’s manager of training and education. “This partnership gives us the opportunity to share our industry-leading training with UA craftsmen who are just as dedicated to delivering the best outcomes for facility owners.”
A pump service and maintenance class debuted during UA’s 2015 instructor training program, which drew 2,000 instructors from union locals across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Ireland to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for weeklong classes.
UA will offer the 20-hour course again at its 2016 program, scheduled for Aug. 13-19, again in Ann Arbor.
“UA is committed to providing its members with the best teaching tools available, and this partnership with the Bell & Gossett Little Red Schoolhouse helps achieve that goal,” said union training director Chris Haslinger. “Demand for HVAC service technicians is growing and the field is becoming ever more technical in nature, making partnerships with manufacturers like Xylem essential to enhancing our members’ knowledge of the scientific and technical aspects of the trade.”