OESP (National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals) is forging a bond between industry professionals and students. They’ve challenged their chapters to work with tech schools and many have done an outstanding job connecting with future generations. OESP’s New York Chapters recently displayed their commitment with an annual competition.
“During past-President Scott Hinkley’s term of office, he encouraged chapters to reach out to the next generation of technicians in order to bring more people into the heating and cooling business,” says Judy Garber, Executive Director of OESP. “This investment in students will have a lasting impact on our industry’s future.”
The New York Chapters hosted their annual competition event between the New York schools on April 23. The New York City and Westchester-Putnam Heating & Cooling Professionals Chapters sponsored this event. New team leader, Alex Taliana of M&M Heating Supplies took over for Angel Gonzalez of Petro who has spearheaded this event for a number of years. The event’s success is the direct result of the hard work of many volunteers.
The event usually rotates between schools and was hosted by the Alfred E. Smith School in the Bronx this year. Instructors prepare their students in advance for the big day. And this year’s competition began with a 25-question written test. After the exam, the students split up into teams and individuals to compete in the following areas:
1. Oil burner competition (involved taking apart and reassembling Beckett, Carlin and Riello burners)
2. Parts identification (involved matching parts in a crate with a list)
3. Troubleshooting a steam boiler
4. Wiring a second hydronic heating zone
5. Doing a combustion analysis
6. Constructing a pipe square
7. Writing up a material-parts list for a steam boiler installation diagram
8. Installing a two-zone, hot-water boiler (keeping in mind that this would be a working job when completed)
Wholesalers, reps, manufacturers, and individual service companies all came together for a good cause – supporting students and their instructors – and proving once again that when you partner in education, everyone wins.