Continuing training is key to success


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Changes in automotive technology invariably impact the service industry, and technicians who don’t keep up are finding fewer jobs they can do correctly and profitably. The impact is not “overnight.” But when the car is in your shop, you can’t just keep “farming it out” to another shop or the car dealer. Although hybrids and electric vehicles are the most obvious signs of technology change, with total sales through this year approaching five million, the range of what’s new is all encompassing.

For cooling system/HVAC specialists, the impact is in line with the overall rate of change. A new refrigerant with new service requirements is at the midpoint of a complete industry changeover. Under the hood you’ll see a new A/C part — the internal heat exchanger. The compressor itself is likely to be under full electronic control, even if it’s a belt-driven type on a gasoline engine. The electric water pump, once an on-off assist device for heater circuits and turbo cooling, is becoming the infinitely-variable replacement for the belt-driven pump on an increasing number of what once were conventional gasoline engines. In addition, electronic controls and diagnostics are being integrated ever more deeply into these systems. Just “fixing what’s wrong” — even if he can get to that stage with a mechanical repair — is no longer enough to let a technician close the hood and total the job ticket. Turning off warning lights, reflashing modules and initializing actuators may be necessary.

So, how can this challenge be met? “Continuing education and training is the only way,” notes MACS President Elvis Hoffpauir, “but that prompts more questions. What kind of training would be most beneficial? How much training is required? Technicians possess different skill sets and have achieved varying levels of competency, so this is a case when ‘one size doesn’t fit all.’”

To help today’s technicians keep pace, MACS is offering more than 12 hours of high-level training for the A/C specialist. Following are details of the training available, with comments by the trainers assembled for the 2018 annual MACS Training Event.

Thursday, Feb. 15 – Passenger car/light truck

Total climate control technologies – Firewall back analysis and evaluation

Trainer Peter Orlando of Carquest Technical Institute explains: “The complaint is clear and verified for inadequate A/C operation. The cooling and air conditioning systems are satisfactory and pass their performance tests. What do we do next? What tools do we choose? This seminar will focus on what quick tests can be run from the driver’s seat to gain diagnostic direction using firewall back analysis methods.”

Service tips and pattern failures

Trainer Peter McArdle of Four Seasons suggests: “Stop pulling your hair and get straight to the repair! In this class we help eliminate diagnostic difficulties by condensing countless hours of our experts’ diagnostic efforts into simple, easy-to-follow air conditioning diagnostic tips and techniques. Spend 90 minutes with us at MACS 2018 and save 90 hours of wasted diagnostic time and frustration later!”

Thriving with 21st century diagnostics

Trainer Dave Hobbs asks: “Is your shop keeping up with the evolving technologies surrounding diagnostics? From PC-based scan tools to remote diagnostics services, this course will help both shop managers and technicians do just that. Thriving with 21st Century Diagnostics will approach the latest tools and techniques from both the technical and business side of diagnostics for today and tomorrow.”

Top 7 tips to increase your car count and advertising ROI

Trainers Christian Klein of RPM Auto Marketing and Andy Fiffick of Rad Air Complete Car Care & Tire Centers observe that: “Industry trends show car counts are down across the country. How can your shop buck the trend and get more cars in your bays? Prospective customers are researching your business online before they ever pick up the phone or schedule an appointment. If you want to outperform your shop’s local competitors, you must grow where your market is. We’ll share proven strategies for getting more customers to your shops, turning current customers into brand ambassadors, and using review feedback to improve customer service.”

Climate control sensor and actuator diagnostics

Trainer Bob Pattengale of Robert Bosch explains that: “Individuals attending this seminar will walk away with excellent tips on how to approach difficult diagnostic issues. Even the most basic climate control systems require a technician to sort through a variety of vehicle systems; refrigerant related components, air flow sensors and actuators as well networked modules. We are going to teach technicians how to sort through the maze of possibilities using a solid diagnostic process.”

Vehicle electrification high voltage electrical circuits and the A/C system

Trainer Mark Quarto of Quarto Technical Services explains: “This session tells the story, using significant technical detail and application, of how the A/C system can easily effect the operation of the high voltage system in any vehicle with electrification. When this session was offered in the past, technicians were able to use the technical information combined with a case study style approach, to immediately apply the session contents in their repair businesses.”

Thursday, Feb. 15 – HD/off-road vehicles

R-1234yf versus R-134a in HD HVAC systems

Trainer Robert Brocx of Red Dot says that “Red Dot has been using it’s calorimeter and vehicle environmental chamber to measure the impact on current HD R-134a  systems when the refrigerant is replaced with R-1234yf. A summary of the results will be presented for systems that include both CCOT and TXV control.”

Caterpillar update/Refrigerants for off-highway equipment

Trainer Dan Spurgeon of Caterpillar explains: “In the design of the off-highway air conditioning system, OEM’s certainly learn and borrow from the automotive market. However, there are differences between automotive and off-highway systems that are driven by such things as a harsher operating environment, systems that are larger in internal volume and physical size, unique customer requirements and much lower vehicle production volumes, among others. I plan to discuss some of these in my presentation covering the selection of an alternative refrigerant for mobile off-highway equipment.”

Why training? A profit-driven shop

Fred Johnson of Dyson International asks: “Have you ever heard a shop owner say, ‘I paid for the training of technicians in every shop in this area. We train them and they quit and go to our competitors. Very frustrating.’ The owners expressing this frustration have some of the most successful and profitable businesses I work with. One key reason for their success: their well-trained technicians that are taught to focus on shop efficiency to maximize profit. As a shop owner or manager, what’s required to retain these talented, well-trained technicians is profit. Deciding on the amount and type training for each technician takes a lot of effort. But if done well, adds more to the bottom line.”

A/C compressor oils and their effect on elastomers

Trainer Aaron Clark of Eaton notes: “There are significant differences in A/C and refrigerant oil chemistry. Oil selection can have varying results on elastomer material selection and a big influence on system design and replacement. Learn why.”

System oil balance and why more is not always better

Trainer Dick Ennis of T/CCI Manufacturing relates: “As the industry has transitioned to lighter, more efficient heat exchangers and significantly lower refrigerant charge volume systems, the emphasis for proper oil adjustment in service has not been fully conveyed to the service industry. My presentation regarding oil balance is designed to alert those responsible for vehicle servicing to some of the pitfalls and problems that occur when oil adjustment is a secondary consideration as opposed to maintaining an optimum oil to refrigerant ratio.”

AGCO equipment HVAC service and repair

Trainer Sherwood Wheeler of AGCO explains: “The HVAC system designs have changed with the recent introduction of new models. The a/c service technician working on AGCO brands like Massey Ferguson®, Challenger® and Fendt®, will find this a worthwhile and informative session that they will not want to miss”

Introduction to HD coolant system failure – Become system smart

Trainer Robert Bassett of Gates Corporation warns that: “Technology is changing fast! Past practices may be creating failures for the heavy duty coolant system before it even leaves the bay. Preventive maintenance is key when servicing this system. Understanding coolant condition is paramount when facilitating a coolant system repair. Under certain conditions, anything less sets the system up for failure before the vehicle leaves the shop! During this session, we will explore root-cause failures along with the effects they have on the HD coolant system.”

CNH new wheel loader system and service update

Trainer Leo Chernyavsky notes: “The direct drop-in linear power module (LPM) part number was released to service obsoleted LPM. This drop-in LPM simplifies service by replacing complex service parts LPM kit described in our 2015 MACS training presentation material.”

 Thursday, Feb. 15 – Keynote Luncheon

John Gardiner, host of Tech Garage and Motorhead Garage on Velocity Channel MAVTV and Chipola College Automotive Technology instructor says: Up and coming automotive technicians need skills passed down to them. More importantly they need to see professionalism and integrity in those they look up to. Be a hero! The automotive technical workforce is being built by us, today.”

Friday, Feb. 16 – General Session – Industry Update

The annual Industry Update, with MACS Technical Advisor Ward Atkinson and other industry experts, will focus on current and future challenges facing the mobile air conditioning service industry.

Ward Atkinson observes: “Just when we all thought the industry was becoming stable, there is a need to consult the ‘crystal ball’ about our future. A/C refrigerant questions may still be around for a while and concerns about passenger cabin air quality is now a worldwide subject. We plan to provide the latest updates.”

Chenise Farquharson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and coordinator of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program “will update attendees on the Agency’s current SNAP regulations and activities impacting the mobile air conditioning industry.”

Mark Quarto of Quarto Technical Services “will update attendees with core information on newly released VE product A/C systems and how these are driving the need for a new category of education and training for technicians that diagnose and service high voltage electric A/C systems.”

Saturday, Feb. 17   – Passenger car/light truck

HVAC control system operation and diagnostics

Trainer Jerry Mungle of ACDelco explains: “This is an interactive course that will provide insight into the operation and diagnosis of the HVAC control system. Too many times diagnosis of an A/C complaint is blamed on the refrigeration system when the real culprit can be the complex controls we have on today’s vehicles.”

Defeating electrical gremlins – Testing techniques that will bring them into the light

Trainer Peter Meier notes: “Troubleshooting electrical concerns has always been one of the greatest challenges most technicians face, and I find that 90% of the time the fault lies in their foundational understanding of electrical system function. This class will help attendees shore up that foundation, and give them something to build on going forward.”

2018 FCA R-1234yf update (and the new Pacifica Hybrid)

Trainer Al McAvoy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will: “Offer a glimpse into the new 2018 Dodge Demon and some of the additional features we are using in regards to R-1234yf and the Supercharger Intercooler system, along with the Hybrid Pacifica Battery Pack Chiller. FCA has been the industry leader in the launch and development of the new R-1234yf A/C systems. For 2018, virtually all of their vehicle lineup sold through Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealers in the US, Canada and Europe are equipped with R-1234yf refrigerant. 

Future trends in thermal management systems and their integration into the overall vehicle system

Trainer Pete Bradley of Behr Hella points out that: With the drive towards the use of energy efficient vehicles, hybrids and E vehicles, the change in the control and therefore the complexity of thermal management within these vehicles presents a challenge to vehicle technicians when they go wrong! As with all change, preparing yourself is paramount to dealing with what is new and different, thus, this training does not seek to frighten but to inform.”

Mobile A/C best practices

Trainer Tim Iezzi explains: “Best practices is what you need to know to service an air conditioner correctly. We cover the basics of system operation, recovery, recycling, charging and repair. It is a great course for the beginner to lay a good foundation of knowledge on air conditioning and a good refresher course for the experienced tech.”

A/C scanning diagnostics

Trainer John Anello of Auto Tech on Wheels notes: “I will present a class to discuss the electrical operation of A/C systems prior to OBD2 and the many components involved and compare this to a case study on A/C operation on OBD2 cars of today, demonstrating how advanced present day automobiles really are. There is a need to retool your technical arsenal and I will discuss the evolution of scan tools, and bring you up to speed on where they are today and where they are headed for tomorrow, as we face cyber security needs in motor vehicles going forward. I will also discuss the procedures involved in programming, configuring and calibrating the systems on board that control A/C operations.”

 Saturday, Feb. 17 – HD/off-road vehicles

HD Recommended Service Procedure update

Trainer Robert Brocx of Red Dot explains: “The SAE HFTC6 committee is currently working on J3126 – Air Conditioning Service Procedures for Heavy Duty and Off-Highway Work Machines Using R-134a refrigerant. I will provide an outline of the document and an update on any progress to date.”

A/C system hose inspection, service and replacement

Trainer Gene Dianetti of Parker Hannifin Corporation explains: “Servicing an A/C system hose routing can be a great opportunity to improve system performance. Have you seen an odd mixture of hose types and fittings cobbled together when servicing a system? There are many types of hose and crimping solutions out there and it is important to choose the right type of hose, fitting and crimp tooling. My presentation will discuss these issues and detail how to make improvements to system performance and repair the system with quality components.”

Introduction to the next generation Freightliner Cascadia HVAC system

Trainer Larry Turay points out: “As we know, technology continues to change at an increasing rate. This is true in the heavy-duty world, as well. The Freightliner Cascadia platform has been around since 2007, with major updates in 2014 and again in 2016. This model is now introduced as the 2018 New Generation Cascadia. It is a completely renewed design, including lots of changes with the data lines and many new features to make this a truly 21st Century design. This program will cover the component changes, diagnostic strategies and new service procedures necessary to work on the new design. We will also cover common problems on the current generation Cascadia and M2 Business class unit. In addition, the new DD5 and DD8 engine found on the 2017 M2 will be discussed.”

Saturday, Feb. 17 – Roundtable Discussions with Luncheon

Here’s a great opportunity to exchange technical tips and business ideas (or gripes, complaints, tall tales, etc.) with your fellow shop owners, managers and technicians. Grab your lunch, pick a table and topic, and let yourself go with the flow.

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Would you like to have refrigerant charge amounts and oil specs in the palm of your hand?


Join the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide as a paid member and you’ll have access to our MACS mobile A/C diagnostics app with the MOTOR information refrigerant and oil specs ready to access through your mobile device! Watch the video!

Join MACS now!

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MACS to Hold Free Section 609 Certification Class at 2018 Training Event


The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide will provide a free Section 609 certification class for up to 100 professional automotive technicians on Friday, February 16 at 1 p.m. EST at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center 8101 World Center Drive Orlando, FL. 32821.

The free class is part of MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show taking place February 14-17 at the Caribe and is sponsored by MACS member, Texas Truck A/C of Balch Springs, TX.

 

The class will take approximately three hours and at the end technicians can become Section 609 certified to work on vehicles using R-12, R-134a and R-1234yf refrigerant when they take the written test provided and successfully pass. Technicians who fail will be provided one free re-test.

 

As of January 1, 2018, all technicians who wish to purchase refrigerant in quantities of 2 pounds or more must be Section 609 certified and show their credential at purchase.

 

Interested technicians must register to participate by calling 215-631-7020 x 0 or by registering online at the Events tab on MACS website at http://www.macsw.org

 

When technicians register for the class, they will receive a confirmation for the class.

 

R-1234yf refrigerant is gaining popularity among vehicle manufacturers because it reduces the environmental impact of A/C systems in vehicles, helping manufacturers meet stringent vehicle emissions standards. Automakers can receive emissions credits for using environmentally friendly refrigerants, meaning aftermarket technicians will begin to see an increase in vehicles using R-1234yf.  The number of vehicles using

R-1234yf is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years as the refrigerant replaces the current industry-standard R134a.

 

The MACS refrigerant recovery and recycling program was developed to meet the requirements under Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990 and was formally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), effective Aug. 13, 1992.

 

Since then, more than 1.1 million technicians have achieved Section 609 certification through its program. Throughout the years, MACS has continually expanded its certification program to reflect industry changes in technology, service equipment, procedures, tools, alternative refrigerants and changing government regulatory requirements.

Since 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.

MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services. MACS has assisted more than 1-million technicians to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.

 

To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. The MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show, A/Ccess will take place February 14-17 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. A current calendar of regional training can be found on the training page of MACS website.

 

 

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Our struggle with compressor oil


January February 2018 ACTION Magazine

One of the most troubling situations a shop technician faces is not being able to find critical service information needed to properly diagnose and repair a vehicle. This could be anything from torque specs and bolt- tightening sequence to wiring schematics or even clock programing instructions. In the A/C world, it’s most frustrating when a technician can’t locate capacity information for a system they’re working on, and when they’ve tried everything they can at their shop, they often reach out to tech support specialists at their parts’ suppliers (and their membership organizations like MACS) to get some help.

But sometimes we run across a situation where no matter how much we search, and no matter how many people we ask, we just can’t seem to find definitive answers to sometimes basic questions, such as how much oil is supposed to be in a particular system.

Read the whole article. Download the January-February 2018 issue of ACTION.

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Robinair and MACS Worldwide to provide free Section 609 test prep webinar and online test on January 24, 2018


Robinair is partnering with the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide to provide a free Section 609 test prep webinar for training and certification for up to 125 technicians on Wednesday, January 24 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will be broadcast on a private YouTube channel. Registrants will receive the link to the webinar in advance of the webinar and a link for the test after the webinar.

 

The webinar will take approximately 90 minutes and at the end technicians can become Section 609 certified to work on vehicles using R-12, R-134a and R-1234yf refrigerant when they take the online test provided and successfully pass the test.

All technicians who wish to purchase refrigerant in quantities of 2 pounds or more must be Section 609 certified and show their credential at purchase.

 

Interested technicians can register by calling 215-631-7020 x 0 or by registering online at www.macsw.org

 

When technicians register for the webinar, they will receive a link to the webinar in advance of the event free of charge and courtesy of Robinair. Technicians should take the online test immediately after viewing the webinar on January 24. If they pass the test, Section 609 credentials will be sent to them. Should a technician fail the test, one online re-test will be issued.

 

R-1234yf refrigerant is gaining popularity among vehicle manufacturers because it reduces the environmental impact of A/C systems in vehicles, helping manufacturers meet stringent vehicle emissions standards. Automakers can receive emissions credits for using environmentally friendly refrigerants, meaning aftermarket technicians will begin to see an increase in vehicles using R-1234yf.  The number of vehicles using

R-1234yf is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years as the refrigerant replaces the current industry-standard R134a.

 

The MACS refrigerant recovery and recycling program was developed to meet the requirements under Section 609 of the Clean Air Act and was formally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), effective Aug. 13, 1992.  Since then, more than 1.1 million technicians have achieved Section 609 certification through its program. Throughout the years, MACS has continually expanded its certification program to reflect industry changes in technology, service equipment, procedures, tools, alternative refrigerants and changing government regulatory requirements.

 

“As R-1234yf becomes more prevalent in vehicles on the road, technicians and shop owners need training to recognize which refrigerant is being used, how to handle it safely and how to make sure they are properly equipped with the right machines and tools to service them,” said Tim Wagaman, senior product manager, air conditioning & fluid products, Robinair. “Working with MACS to educate, train and certify today’s technicians on the latest breakthroughs and advancements in the mobile air conditioning industry is one our main goals for 2018, helping to ensure A/C service is performed properly and by trained, certified technicians.”

Since 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.

MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services. MACS has assisted more than 1-million technicians to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.

 

To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. The MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show, A/Ccess will take place February 14-17 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. A current calendar of regional training can be found on the training page of MACS website.

 

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Should I stay or should I go?


By Andy Fiffick, MACS Chairman and CEO and President Rad Air Complete Car Care

I know the value of a dollar – I couldn’t be in business otherwise – but a recent experience about both the dollar and escalating costs was eye opening. Now that I’m a grandparent, I’m in the market for a larger SUV, something for family trips, so I contacted a friend who operates a huge, used-car business in the area and to be on the lookout for me.

He got back to me with a quote on a 2016 low-mileage, “previously enjoyed” piece of American iron that he thought might fill the bill. “For you, the price is $72 large.” Ouch! Perhaps to soften the blow, he noted that the vehicle, when new, ran to six figures. I had no clue over-sized luxury SUV costs could run so high. Since I was not in the market beforehand, it caught me off guard.

As costs continue to climb, it puts pressure on all of us to run hard enough to at least keep up. That’s true for me and all of my team members who strive to keep the business on a paying basis.

But those price pressures, coupled with the national shortage of good, experienced automotive service technicians, can set the stage for employee poaching by competitors and bidding wars for talent. I understand that my team members have to look out for themselves and do the best they can to support their families, but when the issue comes up, I counsel my staff to base their decision to stay or go on many other factors in addition to the siren call of a couple more dollars an hour.

We pay a very competitive salary, and we foster an atmosphere that promotes cooperation in our service bays. The result, we believe, is client satisfaction and the building of trust that keeps people coming back. The last thing we want to promote in our shop is a dog-eat-dog competition to slap on parts, churn out repairs and beat the clock. The latter approach seems to me a sure-fire way to promote internal discord, burn people out and alienate the client base.

 

We also believe that our work environment promotes learning and the seasoning of our people to become better service professionals, enhancing their value and ultimately their ability to earn. You can’t do that in an environment of churn and burn.

 

An article I read in Forbes listed some of the other factors that contribute to a worker’s decision to stay or go. The article conceded that salary was top of the list for most employees, but other factors cited were good health insurance, work-life balance, opportunities for advancement and professional development, and a sense of purpose.

 

So yes, of course, the Benjamin is important to all of us, but it is only part of the total value proposition.

 

See you in Orlando.

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A season for thanks, giving and helping others


Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, along with the devastating fires in northern California, have severely impacted the lives of citizens living in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, California and Puerto Rico. The events are reported to be responsible for many lives lost, hundreds of thousands of residents displaced from their homes and billions of dollars of property damage. Add to that the months and even years of lost productivity for folks from all walks of life who were profoundly affected.

In a true display of what our nation is about, Americans (including many MACS members) have worked selflessly and tirelessly to help one another.

One such effort is that of Agnes Perez of Puerto Rico, a MACS member and director, who has established a GoFundMe site https://www.gofundme.com/agnesperezmechanics to assist automotive repair shops on that island to recover. We encourage you to visit the site.

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MACS reminds the aftermarket to be aware of changes to Section 609 requirements in 2018


Technicians who service mobile A/C systems and distributors who sell refrigerant need to be aware of new regulations effective on January 1, 2018 concerning the requirement of technicians to be Section 609 certified.

 

  • The final rule published November 2016 extends Section 608 requirements to HFCs. Starting Jan. 1, 2018,sale of most refrigerants of two pounds or larger will be restricted to 608 and 609- certified technicians; distributors must keep refrigerant sales records and verify purchasers are (or employ) 608 or 609-certified technicians.
  • Small cans (2 pounds or less) of non-exempt refrigerants may continue to be manufactured or imported and sold after Jan. 1, 2018, if equipped with self-sealing valves.
  • To learn more about Section 609 certification visit the MACS website

at http://www.macsw.org. To view the new regulations on the U.S. EPA website,
visit https://www.epa.gov/section608/refrigerant-sales-restriction

 

There is no mandatory re-certification, Section 609 certification once obtained is good for life. Technicians who have lost their MACS or IMACA certification may replace their credentials for $10. by calling the MACS office at 215-631-7020 x 0 or following the directions listed on the Section 609 page of the MACS website at https://goo.gl/PhRzEF.

 

“The MACS staff has been busy answering questions for technicians and distributors who are confused or have been given wrong information about the new requirements. MACS wants everyone to understand that if you are Section 609 certified your credentials are good for life. If you have lost your credentials and are MACS or IMACA certified, MACS can issue a reprint of credentials for a $10 processing fee,” explained Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and chief operating officer.

 

Technicians who are not certified can become certified by visiting the MACS website at www.macsw.org. The newest Section 609 certification program which debuted in 2015 includes training on handling R-1234yf. Section 609 certification can be obtained through a written or online test for $20. Group classes can also be arranged by contacting our training department at 215-631-7020 x 304 or email marion@macsw.org

 

Since 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.

MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services. MACS has assisted more than 1-million technicians to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.

 

To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. The MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show, A/Ccess will take place February 14-17 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. A current calendar of all regional training can be found on the training page of MACS website.

 

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Flooded vehicle dangers-Nov/Dec ACTION magazine


Far more important than the automotive service world, floods related to Hurricane Harvey,  Irma, Jose and Maria have been responsible for taking dozens of lives and destroying the homes of thousands of citizens living in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico. The storms are reported to be responsible for many lives lost, tens of thousands of residents displaced from their homes and billions of dollars of property damage. Add to that the months and even years of lost productivity for folks from all walks of life who were profoundly affected by these storms that dumped over trillions of gallons of rain. In a true display of what our nation is about, Americans (including many MACS members) have worked selflessly and tirelessly to help one another. From the federal, state and local first responders and governmental officials to countless volunteers from around the nation, everyone has pitched in to help their neighbors. Residents of every race, ethnicity, religion, economic status and lifestyle have put the ‘Golden Rule’ into action, loving their neighbors. On the business side of the rebuilding effort, those in the building trades are stepping up to the likelihood of a restful vacation being out of the question for a long time as rescue efforts wind down and the restoration of homes, businesses and infrastructure hammered by the storms start to wind up. It goes without saying that the entire team at MACS relays our deepest sympathies for the families who have lost loved ones and send our thoughts and prayers to all who have been affected by this season’s storms.

The 2017 hurricane season has resulted in an estimated 1 million vehicles involved in floods from Hurricane Harvey in August and from Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria in September. Most of these vehicles will end up in auto recycling yards. History has shown us, however, that many will be rolling into MACS member shops! Read the rest of this article online.

Download the Nov/Dec 2017 Issue of MACS ACTION magazine.

 

 

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MACS Worldwide members can train their employees with MACS help


For many years the Society has published a monthly technical newsletter called the MSR (MACS Service Reports). If you’re a MACS member, then you’re probably familiar with receiving the MSR in your mailbox each month or online in your email. It contains the most up-to-date technical information pertaining to mobile air conditioning, engine cooling and vehicle electronics & programming.

But what you might not know is that each month we also publish a quiz that’s available with each issue. The quiz corresponds to the previous month, so if you’re reading the September 2017 MSR, the attached quiz goes with the August edition. The quiz is a great way to test your knowledge on the topics contained within that issue, and it’s a great tool that you can use in your classroom or shop.

Automotive instructors will enjoy using the MSR in their A/C classes to test their students’ knowledge. For example, you can assign the MSR as a reading assignment for your class, and use the corresponding quiz in class the next day.

Shop owners and managers can also use the MSR, not only to test their technicians’ knowledge about general air conditioning topics, but also to help them stay up to date with the industry, while also learning about the latest mobile A/C tools and techniques.

If you’re a current Member of MACS, you can find the online MSR archive at www.macsw.org in the Members’ Only Section.

Not a MACS member yet? Join MACS Now

You’ll need your username and password to log onto the website. Call MACS at (215) 631-7020 x 304 for more information.

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