It’s Wednesday night at the bowling party in New Orleans, and a young man comes up to Blake Gordon, introduces himself as Ron and says, “I work in a heavy-duty shop, and somebody told me I should take your class tomorrow morning. Can you tell me why I should attend yours and not the one I had planned? What makes it so good and what’s in it for me when I go back to the shop?”
Blake tells him, “It’s nice to meet you Ron, and I am pleased to see you at this year’s MACS Convention. I’m sure you will find my presentation helpful if you do air conditioning service on agricultural, transport truck or off highway equipment. I hear from so many technicians whose customers complain that the A/C system is not delivering enough cold air even though it seems to be working properly. I will show you how, with some very simple procedures, you can improve the system’s performance by up to 50%. I’ll show you how to find problems that are in the machine itself, which I call ‘installation or manufacturer inflicted’ problems like poor hose routing or blocked air flow paths. Once you’ve seen some of my pictures of real-world problems and fixes, you’ll look at things differently when you get back to work on Monday morning.”
Blake Gordon developed the mobile A/C program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta in 1970 and the Transport Refrigeration program for truck, trailer, bus and railcars in 1974. In 1999 he retired as Dean of the Transportation Department after a 40-year career, and now he keeps busy as a consultant and trainer.
Blake’s Heavy Duty Truck and Equipment HVAC Service is just one of the training seminars that will be presented at the 2014 MACS Training Event and Trade Show in New Orleans, January 16 – 18. This is the biggest MACS training event of the year, focusing primarily on HVAC and engine cooling in passenger cars, heavy duty and off-road vehicles and hybrid/electric vehicles. But that’s not the entire program. Other presentations will focus on advanced diagnostic techniques, business/shop management, and updates on new regulations and technology. There will also be a Section 609 technician certification class and test that includes information on R-1234yf, and we’ll present the results of the 2013 MACS Field Service Survey. If you arrive early enough, there’s the annual golf tournament on Wednesday at TPC Louisiana (http://www.tpc.com/tpc-louisiana), and the party continues that night at New Orleans’ Mid City Lanes Rock’n’Bowl (http://www.rocknbowl.com/).
Go to http://tinyurl.com/k7ngp7m to see the whole schedule and register.
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The 34th annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Power Up will take place January 16-18 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans.