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March 2013: Spring Training
Major League Baseball Spring Training is well underway and the pros are in the field preparing for a shot at the 2013 World Series championship. Much like the pro baseball players, NATE technicians across the nation are gearing up for the approaching summer season. Fingers crossed it will be a hot one, but no matter the temperature, certified and trained technicians should be in demand.
In this issue, find out what will help you be a better player in the HVAC industry. Take a minute to read about what’s shakin’ in HVAC equipment. Then grab your calendar and start working on your spring training session lineup.
In This Issue…
What’s Shakin’ with the HVAC System?
Spring Training Highlights
Cactus League or Grapefruit League?
NATE on the Road
Regular Season Fitness
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What’s Shakin’ with the HVAC System?
Although not the Harlem Shake, system vibrations can cause problems with components and operation. Ron Auvil knows this all too well. To help detect and mitigate system vibrations, Auvil uses a vibration tester. With this tool he is able to measure and analyze the vibration in pumps, motors, compressors, and other HVAC equipment. The tool provides both diagnoses and recommendations for required action on the spot, but how well does it work in real-world applications? Click here to find out where Auvil went to test the equipment and what happened.
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Spring Training Highlights — Oil Hydronics
Pack your bags and head to Hershey, Pa. The NATE Oil Hydronics review and certification testing will be available on Tues., May 21 at the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals 2013 Convention and Trade Show. Click here for more information.
Cactus League or Grapefruit League? Baseball spring training falls into two camps based on their locations. The Cactus League makes its home in Arizona and the Grapefruit League makes its home in Florida.
Just like the two leagues, when it comes to NATE recertification there are only two ways to go about it.
Provide proof of 60+ hours of training in your specialty. There are nearly 1,000 training locations nationwide, including many offering courses online. If you are taking courses on your own to keep up on the latest equipment and enhance your skills in the field and are ready to recertify, simply submit the technician application for recertification form or visit www.natex.org/train to see which courses can count towards your goal.
Retake the specialty tests. Simply contact any NATE testing organization to retake your test. There is no special exam for recertification, and you do not have to re-take a CORE test unless you let your certification lapse. To find the closest testing organization near year, visit www.natex.org/test.
Keeping your NATE certification in shape is as easy as visiting MyNate. This portal is designed to help technicians check the status of their certification or CE hours. Available 24/7, simply log on and enter your username and password.
If it is your first time logging in, click on “Candidates” and use the same NATE ID and pin from your NATE test to create your record.
Contractors know how hard technicians have worked to earn NATE certifications and now it’s time to help them do some bragging. NATE has developed new marketing materials that are available online to help contractors leverage NATE certification as a point of differentiation among competitors and communicate the benefits to customers.
Materials include a new customizable consumer brochure, a one-page leave-behind document, and new online assets for contractors to use on contractor websites.
These materials are currently available at MyNATE. Login and follow the instructions to access the files of your choice.
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