Blake Gordon presents A/C training @ Bergstrom


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.

Bergstrom Climate Systems hosted MACS heavy duty and off-road mobile A/C training clinic on Friday, September 18, 2015 at their Rockford, Illinois location.

Bergstrom Climate Systems hosted MACS heavy duty and off-road mobile A/C training clinic on Friday, September 18, 2015 at their Rockford, Illinois location.

DSC_7248 Figure 2In 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.”

DSC_7262 Figure 3As 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.”

Engineering Test Manager Al Leupold was next in line to welcome attendees, not only on behalf of Bergstrom, but also on behalf of MACS; he’s a member of the board of directors and has presented annual classes at the MACS Training Event since 1995.

Engineering Test Manager Al Leupold was next in line to welcome attendees, not only on behalf of Bergstrom, but also on behalf of MACS; he’s a member of the board of directors and has presented annual classes at the MACS Training Event since 1995.

DSC_7302 Figure 5Blake 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.

“The training was very informative, especially when coupled with a plant tour,” remarked Richard Hawkins, A/C tech line specialist with 1-800-Radiator and A/C. “Blake is quite a knowledgeable instructor, able to bring his 40+ years of A/C experience to each class.”

“The training was very informative, especially when coupled with a plant tour,” remarked Richard Hawkins, A/C tech line specialist with 1-800-Radiator and A/C. “Blake is quite a knowledgeable instructor, able to bring his 40+ years of A/C experience to each class.”

DSC_7228 Figure 7While 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.

Blake incorporated video training into his lesson, but not as you may think. He didn’t simply play a video for the class to watch. In fact, Blake turned the sound off and narrated much of the video while it played. He also answered several questions as well.

Blake incorporated video training into his lesson, but not as you may think. He didn’t simply play a video for the class to watch. In fact, Blake turned the sound off and narrated much of the video while it played. He also answered several questions as well.

Three groups of attendees were taken on a tour of Bergstrom’s Rockford facility.

Three groups of attendees were taken on a tour of Bergstrom’s Rockford facility.

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!

Have you attended a MACS regional training clinic? Are you interested in attending one of our upcoming classes? Send an e-mail to steve@macsw.org or check out our website at www.macsw.org for more information!

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