HVAC Donation to Give CSM Students Hands-On Experience When All Trade Classes Resume This Fall | thebaynet.com | TheBayNet.com
LA PLATA, MD. – The Mote Management Company, of La Plata, recently donated a large rooftop heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) business unit to help train business students who attend the Trades Training Center and Energy (CTET) from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) at the Hughesville Regional Campus.
CSM HVAC instructor Robert “Scott” Shannon facilitated the donation. In Shannon’s role as President of Metal Crafters Sheet Metal at Waldorf, he was aware of the unit’s availability and worked with Mote Management to secure equipment for the students at CSM.
“This donation supports our commitment to provide the best hands-on training for trades in the region,” said Michael Langton, CSM Director I, Master Trainer and Certified Training Sponsor Representative. “Our HVAC lab is mainly equipped with residential HVAC heating and cooling equipment; although our program includes commercial HVAC systems. This is a commercial, package / rooftop, heat pump / air conditioning unit with economizer and controls. CSM currently uses a rooftop drive unit. This donation will help our students better understand commercial HVAC equipment, systems, controls and applications. “
“It’s a new unit in that it was installed in a new building but has never been used. Shannon said. “It will be a great addition for our students to train during class.”
All trades courses are offered this fall as the CSM continues to play an important role in shaping the local economy by educating and training the future trades workforce.
“This fall, we will be offering hands-on, in-person training sessions while practicing physical distancing, wearing face masks and sanitizing equipment, tools and supplies,” said Ellen Flowers-Fields, associate vice president from CSM to continuing education and workforce development. “Where in-person practical training may not be accessible, we also plan to offer remote supervisors who are trained to assess students while they complete their practical training requirements on the job or as scheduled. “
The CTET provides residents with direct access to specialized training in career areas that have remained critical throughout the global pandemic and continue to have substantial growth potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following projections are made for job growth between 2012 and 2022:
• Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and commercial refrigeration (HVAC): Employment of HVAC mechanics and installers is expected to increase by 21%, faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for HVAC technicians are expected to be excellent, especially for those who have completed training at an accredited technical school or through an apprenticeship.
• Electricity: The employment of electricians is expected to increase by 20%. With increased efficiency and reliability of new manufacturing plants, the demand for electricians in manufacturing is expected to increase as more electricians are needed to install and maintain the systems.
• Construction: Overall employment for construction workers and helpers is expected to increase 25 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.
• Plumbing: The demand for plumbers is expected to increase by 21%. Job opportunities are expected to be good as some employers continue to report difficulties in finding qualified workers.
For more information on how the CSM takes precautions to protect our students, please see our webpage: https://ready.csmd.edu/covid-19/.
Learn more about the MSC Hughesville Regional Campus online https://www.csmd.edu/about/locations/regional-campus/.