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Bell & Gossett Little Red Schoolhouse partners with United Association union

The first Pump Service and Maintenance class took place last year during UA’s 2015 Instructor Training Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Little Red Schoolhouse instructor Stan Kutin delivered key curriculum to 30 craftsmen from HVAC, plumbing and other fields on pump selection and performance, followed by interactive exercises on actual B&G pumps in repairing mechanical seals and other service techniques.

UA training specialist John Hopkins also visited the Little Red Schoolhouse in Morton Grove, Illinois, for instruction prior to the class.

UA will offer the 20-hour course again at its 2016 Instructor Training Program, scheduled for 13-19 August 2016.

“Sharing our expertise in hydronic heating systems with UA’s members is a natural extension of our Little Red Schoolhouse classes and our Online Little Red Schoolhouse curriculum,” said Larry Konopacz, manager of training and education at Xylem. “We are pleased to continue this valuable training with UA in 2016.”

“UA is committed to providing its members with the best teaching tools available, and this partnership with the Bell & Gossett Little Red Schoolhouse helps achieve that goal,” said Chris Haslinger, UA director of training.

“Demand for HVAC service technicians is growing and the field is becoming ever more technical in nature, making partnerships with manufacturers like Xylem essential to enhancing our members’ knowledge of the scientific and technical aspects of the trade.”

The Bell & Gossett Little Red Schoolhouse is a state-of-the-art training facility at Xylem’s facility in Morton Grove, Illinois. Since 1954, Little Red Schoolhouse has trained more than 60 000 engineers, contractors and installers in the design, installation and maintenance of hydronic systems as well as the latest technologies and regulations that affect the industry. An Online Little Red Schoolhouse was launched in 2015, and a second Little Red Schoolhouse opened in Nanjing, China in 2013.