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NATE HVAC/R New Hire Training

This training module is designed for novice level technicians who are just entering the HVAC/R field with little to no formal education or training. First and foremost, it begins by focusing on the numerous areas of safety that installers and service technicians are to know when working on the various systems within our industry. It also includes an introduction and comprehensive overview of the fundamental knowledge and skill sets new hires should possess, such as component identification, tool selections and identification, system measurements and units, heat transference and airflow. This module concludes by outlining the proper soft skills and diagnostic steps required when servicing residential or light commercial HVAC/R systems in the field.


Fundamental Introduction to Major Components in the HVAC/R Industry

January 31 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Informal pre-exam to determine existing knowledge base and skill sets
  • Fundamental introduction and overview of the various major components found in today’s modern HVAC/R systems
  • Discuss the importance of keeping the systems running at the highest capacity
  • Self-graded review test and quick field reference guide


Introduction and Selection of Tools, Instruments and Service Equipment in the HVAC/R Industry

February 1 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Introduction and identification of both the basic and industry-specific tools, instruments and equipment used to install systems and perform preventive maintenance
  • Diagnose and service equipment and systems found in the field today
  • Comprehensive discussion of selecting and using the right tool, instrument and equipment for the job


Practical Math, Measurements and Introduction to the World of Electricity

February 2 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Practice the required basic math and measurement skills
  • Fundamental introduction to the world of HVAC/R electricity
  • Comprehensive discussion of proper electrical procedures and safety


Theory of Heat and Essential Industry Safety

February 3 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Introduction to different types of heat and heat transfer
  • Importance of safety: general, refrigerant, worksite, ladder, clothing and driving for the installer and service technician
  • Informal post-exam to determine and test newly acquired knowledge and skills

Who Should Attend:

  • Entry Level Technicians
  • Entry Level Installers

Webinar Level: Novice, Entry Level Technicians
This module is not eligible for NATE CEU credits.
For additional information contact IHACI at (818) 551-1555.


John Dalton has actively been involved in the HVAC/R industry for more than 46 years. Having started as a residential, commercial, and institutional service technician, he has held positions in service, installation, sales, design, engineering, technical class training, technical field support, company management, and most recently as Senior Project Engineer for Universal Air Conditioning Company, Inc.

He has taught HVAC/R design, installation, commissioning, service, and engineering for the last forty-one years and currently sits on several community college and trade school advisory boards. An active member of IHACI, RSES, and NATE, Mr. Dalton currently chairs the IHACI education committee, holds a CM certification level with RSES, writes technical curriculum for contractor training through the California utilities, has taught and proctored thousands of installation and service technicians throughout California in NATE, is one of only three non-union HVAC/R technicians certified and registered to conduct commercial mechanical acceptance testing in the State of California, and is only one of five HVAC/R technicians in the world to hold all 19 installation, service, and senior service certification levels with NATE.

Michael D. Griffin owns and operates M&M General Repair and AirFlow Specialties out of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. Mike is an IHACI Instructor, member of the IHACI Education Committee, a H.E.R.S. Rater, a Certified Technical Educator, and one of three Certified Mechanical Acceptance Testing Employers/Technicians in California. M&M General Repair has been in business since 1982 specializing in home service of air conditioning, heating and most major appliances, and is still active today, servicing the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.

AirFlow Specialties has been in business since 2004 specializing in Title 24 Verifying, Energy Efficiency, Delivered Efficiency measurements and retrofits covering most of Southern California performing Duct Pressure Testing, Fan Flow Measurement, Refrigerant Charge Verification, Fan Efficacy and Energy Efficiency. Mike is certified by both CalCERTS and CHEERS as a H.E.R.S. Rater, as well as NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified in Service and Installation, Gas Furnace, and has Certifications in Light Commercial & Residential Air Balance, Commercial & Residential System Performance from National Comfort Institute (NCI).