By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor
Last Friday, MACS held another in a series of regional A/C training clinics, this time in partnership with long time member Bergstrom Climate Systems. More than 30 technicians gathered at their Rockford, Illinois Test Preparation Facility for a full day of training specific to off-road and heavy duty vehicle A/C systems presented by acclaimed A/C trainer Blake Gordon.
In his opening remarks to the crowd, Bergstrom CEO Jack Schaeffer commented “We are really excited to sponsor this training. We believe in continuous learning, and as you all know, air conditioning is a very specialized field. We think that MACS is the leader in this area, and that’s why we’re willing to invest in this.”
As Bergstrom’s Global VP of Engineering, John Bracey thanked those for attending before introducing the day’s events. “This is our vehicle preparation building, and later on we’ll get a tour of the entire facility, including the test labs.” John explained that he’s been involved with MACS since the early 1990’s, and is a proud supporter of their endeavors, especially in the heavy duty forum. “It’s good that we can do this specialized training specific to that area.”
Blake brings a lot of experience to the heavy duty and commercial vehicle sector, and his training is tailored towards that area. Travelling all the way from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, this was the fourth class that he taught for MACS; others were held at Red Dot in Seattle, Washington, Ranshu in Sparks, Nevada, and at the MACS 2014 Training Event in New Orleans.
While Bergstrom’s test preparation facility is where they prepare vehicles before heading to their wind tunnel, that’s not all they use it for. They also perform Highly Accelerated Life Testing and Thermal Chamber Testing, as well as Accelerated Corrosion Testing. Now they can add A/C training to that list, too!
Video was used for the last segment of class to demonstrate service techniques, such as refrigerant recovery, pulling a deep vacuum and recharging, including recharging by measuring condenser subcooling. Training classes typically use live demonstration vehicles, which sometimes make it difficult for large classes to gather around and follow along with the instructor, but not this time. Projecting video on a large screen showed the same procedures and worked out quite well.
MACS is always happy to partner with its members to provide regional training programs such as this. If you’re a MACS member and are interested in participating in a training clinic, please let us know!
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