New HVAC Program Coming to TCAT

December 18, 2016 – Vice Chancellor James King of the Tennessee Board of Regents, who oversees all 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, announced that TCAT-Morristown has been selected to become an HVAC Center of Excellence, only the second school in Tennessee to receive this distinction.

TCAT-Morristown will partner with Trane and NC3, National Coalition of Certification Centers, to offer this advanced program in Heating and Refrigeration.

It is anticipated that major companies throughout the region will want to partake of the advanced training that this partnership will provide, according to TCAT director Jerry Patton.

According to Tim Solomon, senior instructor at TCAT, the program will take training to the next level in the field of HVAC.

“Companies in our region will jump at the chance to send their technicians to this training because the principles they learn will significantly reduce their operating costs and greatly improve efficiency,” Solomon said.  “We have had numerous inquiries about this type of training but have never been able to offer it until now.”

The emphasis will be on commercial certifications concerning Building Automation, Airflow and Refrigeration Diagnostics.  Buildings today require smarter and better technology.  Controls technology provides the platform for the next generation of datadriven, technology-enabled services that are helping to create high performance buildings with reduced costs, better indoor environments and smaller environmental footprints.  There will also be advanced training concerning residential projects.

King also announced that the Board of Regents would provide $350,000 toward the implementation of the program.

“This opportunity only exists at one other location in the state:  Clarksville.  Morristown will have a unique opportunity to provide a much needed service that will benefit the entire region,” he said.

Patton was present when the announcement was made along with State Sen. Steve Southerland, County Mayor Bill Brittain and Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney, Industrial Board Chair R. Jack Fishman, City of Morristown Administrator Tony Cox, Veronica Snyder and Pete Barile.

Patton said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for TCAT to take technology to the next higher level.  We are thrilled to have been chosen.”

Source – Citizen Tribune

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