Northeast HVAC Instructor Among the Nation's Best

by jamesc  8/22/2014 2:03:22 PM --  NORFOLK – An instructor at Northeast Community College in Norfolk has been recognized with a national honor. Paul Bailey, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) instructor, has been named to’s “Ten Top Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Instructors” in the United States.


According to Barry Franklin, editor-in-chief of, its list of ten top AC and refrigeration instructors looks at HVACR specialists who have first-hand experience in the field, either through employment with a specific company, through contract work or a combination of both. “Most of those on our list are also certified, often having North American Technician Excellence, (NATE), EPA Section 608 or HVAC Excellence certification or certifications. They may also have done special work in air conditioning or refrigeration, taught classes in those fields or gained other experiences making their skills more niche and unique.”

Franklin said researchers conducted thorough research to come up with the list of the top instructors.

Bailey, who is fifth on the list, is a master tech specialist with the Refrigeration Service Engineer’s Society, NATE certified in air conditioning, air distribution and other fields, and has a bachelor’s degree in technology and a master’s degree in education. He has been certified through the Building Performance Institute (BPI) as a Building Analyst Professional and by the International Ground Source Heat Pump (IGSHP) Association, both of which are related to green technology. Bailey brings more than ten-years of experience in HVACR service and independent contractor work to the classroom. He is beginning his 26th year with Northeast Community College.

Franklin said the HVAC occupation is a career on the rise. “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth for HVAC technicians will increase by 21-percent across the country through 2022. 55,900 additional HVAC positions could become available during this time.” reports that many HVAC training programs and courses include a green energy focus, such as those offered through Northeast Community College that integrates green energy concepts.

Northeast Community College is one of the only schools in the area that offers certification exams through the Air Conditioning Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Students receive 1,000 hours of lab time to practice what they learn in the classroom. In addition, they learn “go green” procedures that are environmentally friendly.

Students study the physical, mechanical, and chemical principles of refrigeration and air conditioning, with emphasis on electrical controls and motors. They gain proficiency in blueprint reading, sheet metal construction, proper ventilation installation, heating and cooling diagnosis, and installation of residential and commercial equipment. The program prepares students for skilled positions installing and servicing electrical, heating, and cooling systems.

To learn more, call the Applied Technology Division at Northeast Community College at (402) 844-7215.



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