During lunch at the MACS Training Event, a young tech approaches Jeff Kutler, introduces himself as Ron and says, “I hear you’re teaching a class on air conditioning in buses this afternoon. I’d like to know more; can you tell me what’s different about bus air conditioning? Will I learn anything in your class that might help me decide if I want to get into that kind of work?”
Jeff answers, “Are you hungry for new business? The school bus and motor coach market is over $17 billion in North America right now, and I’ll tell you about some new opportunities for grabbing a piece of that big pie. I’ll start with an overview of bus and motor coach HVAC systems and individual components, including Bitzer compressors, dual air conditioning units, unloader valves, multiple evaporators, shut-off valves and TXVs. We’ll talk about some market-specific products, then we’ll look at climate control diagnostics on school buses and over-the-road coaches. If you haven’t learned enough after all that to make your decision, I can answer specific questions in a Q & A session at the end.”
Bus HVAC Systems – New Opportunities 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 that includes information on R-1234yf and concludes with the certification test. 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/).
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. Jeff Kutler’s class is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Go here to see the whole schedule and to register.
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