Faculty and Subject Matter Experts

 

Chris Compton, CMHE
CEO, Founder, and Director



Chris, a 20 year HVACR instructor at North Idaho College, saw a unique opportunity in online education (high quality education anywhere and anytime via the Internet) to help new students and anyone already working in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and or Building Performance industry to:

1)    enter the HVACR trade

2)    move up the career ladder

3)    re-train for a career change

4)    refresh knowledge and skills

5)    succeed in achieving industry certifications

6)    earn Continuing Education Units for re-certification


From that idea, HVACRedu.net grew.


Chris has become the specialist in online curriculum development for the trades, the psychology behind online learning, creating web pages, use of video and simulation instruction, and learning through the web. Chris is the CEO, Project Director, and Content Development Manager (as well as chief cook and bottle washer) of HVACRedu.net.


Chris brings 37 years of experience in the HVACR field as a student, technician, contractor, and instructor.  He has been certified at the Installation and Service level in all five of the NATE certifications.  In 1998 he was selected as one of the top 10 outstanding Trades and Industry Educators in the U.S. by ACTE (Association of Career and Technical Education), formerly AVA (American Vocational Association).  He received the Imperial Award from RSES for Commercial Refrigeration in 1997, and is a CMS member of RSES.  Chris has achieved the CMHE (Certified Master HVACR Educator) status from HVAC Excellence. In 2014 he was selected as the Teacher of the Year by the ACHR News.  Chris serves as an educational consultant and advisor to HVACR and Building Performance online learning efforts around the Globe.


Chris loves the outdoors – especially when he’s fly fishing, driving his “brand new” 1948 Stinson 108-3, playing horseshoes, working the Blue C Ranch, singing bluegrass or trolling for silvers in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. 


Chris can be reached at ccompton@hvacredu.net 


Scott Oakley, CMHE, NATE

Online Faculty, Subject Matter Expert, and Q Program Liaison


My start in the HVACR industry was the same as yours is now. I attended Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated in 1976. A technical education is crucial to your success. Through the years, I have been involved in every single facet of the industry from Technician, Contractor, Facilities, Sales, Business Owner and Instructor.


After I graduated from UTI, I immediately went to work in the commercial refrigeration service field. Within a few years, I moved on to become the Service Manager of a large commercial air conditioning firm in the Arizona area. Ambition soon called, after 8 years, to business ownership and I relocated to California. This new firm specialized in new construction installation and maintenance service operating throughout the State of California. I have been involved in companies as a single service technician, to others with 150 employees.


Over the past recent years, I have been working as both a face-to-face and online, blended HVACR Instructor. I am the author of Commercial Ice Machines…only, focusing on the ice industry and ice machine all the way through health department compliance.


I am a firm believer in the evidence of credentialing and certification because they both show the world that you can do the task and that you understand the science and purpose of the task. For Instructors, the credential is the Certified Master Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Educator (CMHE). The CMHE encompasses Technical Training, Heat Pump, Electrical, Air Conditioning, Light Commercial Air Conditioning, Electric Heat, and Commercial Refrigeration. In addition to the CMHE, I am NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified in Heat Pump and Air Conditioning Service and Installation. I have been state licensed as an Air Conditioning Contractor, Commercial Refrigeration Contractor and General Building Contractor.


The world is rapidly changing requiring that technicians understand system automation and possess in-depth technical knowledge. I am here to help you achieve the goal of confidently working in this industry.


Scott can be reached by email at:  scottoakley@hvacredu.net

By phone at: 888-655-4822 x1103.



Ron Auvil

Building Automation Systems Instructor and Subject Matter Expert

 

Ron Auvil is the guy that ‘wrote the book’ on Building Automation Systems and a leading voice in today’s movement toward operational excellence.  He is the author of, “HVAC Control Systems” by American Technical Publishers.  As a lead instructor for a major controls manufacturer, Ron designed and taught a program for brand new technicians on installing and troubleshooting mechanical systems and BAS.  He also spent years working as a senior technician, troubleshooter, and project manager.  He has worked with some of the world’s largest and most quality-conscious companies, providing custom training on how to improve the operations of their environmental systems. His clients have included NASA, the Pentagon, the University of South Carolina, and others.  You can be his next.

 

Ron will be teaching a sequential series of live courses combined with blended learning sessions (a combination of online anytime and real time face to face), and several online only courses.

 

Chris Compton emphasizes, “Our students will learn from the guy who wrote the book, literally!”

 


Larry Brewer

Online Instructor and Subject Matter Expert

 

I have been in the HVAC/R industry since 1967, learning the trade from my father, servicing and installing air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.  In 1978 I moved to the wholesale side of the industry as a counterman for Insco Distributing, at the McAllen, Texas branch location.  Seven years later I was transferred to Austin, Texas to manage a branch location. Eleven years later I was transferred to open a new branch location in Georgetown, Texas.

I have been very fortunate to be employed by a company that believes in the education of its employees.  While at Insco I have attended many technical seminars on many fields of this great industry.  I have designed refrigeration systems for large warehouses as well as for small walk-ins used at hunting leases.

In 2003 I helped charter the San Gabriel Chapter of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society ( RSES ), in Georgetown, Texas.  In 2005 I was the recipient of the International RSES "Rising Star Award", and then in 2006 I was the recipient of the International RSES "V.V. Soloman Award" educator of the year for small chapter.  Within RSES I have served at many levels: Chapter President, Chapter Educational Director, Deputy Director for Region 10, and President of the Southwestern Regional Association.  I have worked with two other members of RSES for the past four years to develop, and present continuing education programs for the Texas Licensed HVAC/R Contractor.

 

I am pleased to work as one of the LIVE faculty for HVACRedu.net and look forward to helping our online students learn. 

I can be reached at lbrewer@hvacredu.net


Walter Nelson

Online Faculty and Subject Matter Expert

 

My name is Walter Nelson.  I am honored to be one of the online instructors here at HVACRedu.net. I am excited to have you here and I am looking forward to working with you.  I have over 35 years of in field service experience.  I started my career as a Design /Application engineer at a Major refrigeration manufacturing plant.  I was given the opportunity to go into the field to see my design/application work in the physical world.  Well, that was all it took; I was hooked!  I became a journeyman through the Union, and the rest they say is history!  My specialty is Commercial/Supermarket service, install, but I’ve done it all, including owning my own business and teaching apprentices on the worksite for years.

 

The trade you are embarking on is one of unlimited opportunities! 

You can reach me at:  wnelson@hvacredu.net