By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor
Twenty-one shop owners and service technicians from Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties attended a MACS Section 609 Certification class held at the Landis Creek Golf Club in Limerick, PA on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Hosted by AASP-PA (the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Pennsylvania) at their regular monthly meeting, the event was coordinated by Ken Seal, AASP’s field director for eastern PA.
Class was held in the Eagle Room at Landis Creek, and before things got started, a few of us stepped outside to check out the view. This town is well known in Southeastern PA as the home of a nuclear power plant, the Limerick Generating Station. Since it’s winter time, the bare trees make it possible to see one of the cooling towers.
Once everyone arrived and dinner was ordered and served, short presentations were given by Ken Seal (AASP), Dan Warner (New Auto Solutions), Rhonda Green (Hart Insurance) and Steve Schaeber (Mobile Air Conditioning Society).
Caption 4: New Auto Solutions is a distributor of CPS Automotive equipment; Dan discussed several machines, including their newest FX3030 dual refrigerant R/R/R machines.
New Auto Solutions is a distributor of CPS Automotive equipment; Dan discussed several machines, including their newest FX3030 dual refrigerant R/R/R machines.
Section 609 Certification and Training is a requirement for all technicians by the EPA under the US Clean Air Act. To become certified, technicians must pass a test demonstrating their knowledge in the use of refrigerant recovery / recycling equipment, the EPA’s regulatory requirements, the importance of refrigerant containment and the effects of ozone depletion and environmental change. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide created the first technician certification program, and since 1990 has helped over one million technicians achieve this certification.
Tonight’s training was conducted by Tim Iezzi, owner and lead technician at Iezzi’s Auto Service in Reading, PA. Tim’s shop has been a member of MACS since 1985, and he also holds the positions of secretary and delegate for AASP-PA’s Berks County Chapter # 23. Tim has been a MACS proctor since 2014, and he’ll also be presenting his inaugural class at the upcoming MACS 2016 Training Event and Trade Show in Orlando. Entitled Thermodynamics for Auto Mechanics, his class will explore the laws of thermodynamics and how they apply to modern vapor compression refrigeration systems. Visit www.macsw.org and click on 2016 Training Event for more information.
Before passing out the closed book, 25 question test, instructors often ask sample questions to help the group prepare.
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