Rockledge, Fla.--QwikProducts®, the HVAC/R product division of research and development firm, Mainstream Engineering, Rockledge, Fla., today announced a partnership with the Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The partnership offers specialized HVAC/R and building maintenance training/certifications from QwikProducts’ www.epatest.com website to students in HBI Job Corps programs.
Under contract with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), HBI (www.hbi.org) operates Job Corps programs in 41 states and provides hands-on training to more than 3,000 at-risk youth. The partnership concentrates on 200 students enrolled in facilities maintenance trades training—one of eight trades offered at HBI Job Corps programs across the country.
QwikProducts’ www.epatest.com training materials are free online, while the costs of testing, proctoring and certification are funded by the U.S. DOL National Office of Job Corps through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. Students will participate in the following training/certification programs—1) EPA Section-608 Type I; 2) Preventative Maintenance Tech (PM Tech); 3) Green HVAC/R; 4) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ); and 5) R-410A.
HBI Job Corps students are introduced to the www.epatest.com training/certification programs initially through the partnership’s kickoff campaign, “Score Big with a Big Score” contest promotion available at 19 participating HBI Job Corps programs across 17 states. The highest scoring student on all five training/certification program tests will receive national press recognition and 1) a Yellow Jacket refrigeration pressure gauge set; 2) a QwikInjector® for injecting dyes and QwikShot® moisture eliminator; 3) QwikLug® compressor terminal repair kit; 4) QwikCheck® acid test kit; 5) a two-lb. canister of Qwik System Flush® flushing agent; and 6) a flushing agent canister access valve with safety relief valve option.
“This partnership increases awareness with students we might not attract through our conventional HVAC/R channels,” said Ross Soyka, commercial sales and marketing manager, Mainstream Engineering, which recently created its Trade School Division (TSD) to provide training/certification, aftermarket products and educational support to U.S. HVAC/R trade schools. “This classroom training gives students confidence in their abilities and helps take out the mystique of the hands-on training. It’s a win/win situation for Mainstream Engineering, HBI and its students.”
“HBI students who complete these tests and certifications are ultimately more marketable to HVAC/R contractors,” said CJ Tirone, executive vice president, HBI. “In addition to offering specialized knowledge and skills, an industry-certified new hire saves an employer training time and expense and can begin work immediately.”
About Mainstream Engineering: Mainstream Engineering is a solutions-oriented research and development company that markets its new product discoveries to the HVAC/R field. Mainstream is currently designing a “Gravity Insensitive Heat Pump” for the thermal control system of NASA’s future Lunar Outpost and the next-generation crew exploration vehicle—The Orion. Mainstream manufactured the first refrigeration compressor to fly in space on the International Space Station. Mainstream Engineering’s QwikProducts division also offers online training/certification programs through www.epatest.com and HVAC/R aftermarket products for service technicians at www.qwik.com. For more information on Mainstream Engineering please call (321) 631-3550 or visit www.mainstream-engr.com
About Home Builders Institute: HBI is the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is dedicated to the advancement and enrichment of education and training programs serving the needs of the housing industry. For more than 35 years, HBI has trained and placed thousands of youth and adults for careers in residential construction, ensuring that America has a skilled workforce today and for the future. HBI offers a range of education, training, job placement, mentoring and curriculum development programs. In addition, youth and adults in HBI programs contribute to community service projects, helping build and remodel homes and communities across the nation. Please visit HBI at www.hbi.org