"Electrical Fundamentals For HVAC/R Technicians" is a video that enables HVAC/R contractors to measure a potential technician’s understanding of electricity and wiring diagrams. As part of the interview process, the technician watches the video, then the contractor can administer a 25-question quiz to evaluate the technician’s understanding of what they just saw.
According to Jim Johnson of Technical Training Associates, the Tucson-based training firm that developed and produced the video, the program is an effective tool to evaluate a perspective employee in more ways than one. "The video itself is just about two hours in length, which means that if a perspective employee seems reluctant to spend that amount of time going though an evaluation process, then that alone may be a red flag for employers. Another benefit of the program and its method of presentation is that it evaluates a person’s ability to follow directions, and also their ability to understand information that is presented to them"
The video presents the quiz questions verbally as they appear on the screen, and they are also in print along with the other resource material the technician uses during the video presentation.
"All the employer has to do is stop the tape at the appropriate time, then direct the applicant to go ahead and answer the questions. Then, the employer has the option of either continuing the tape to enable reviewing the correct answers along with the technician right on the spot, or they can decide to grade the quiz themselves later, using the information in the resource guide. If the technician has the aptitude for handling electrical work in HVAC/R equipment, then they’ll do well on the quiz," said Johnson. "If they don’t possess the basic knowledge they need to diagnose and troubleshoot, then that information will be apparent because of a low score."
The interactive training program, which can also be used to train or refresh technicians already on board, is priced at $80.00, which includes shipping and handling. "That’s a small investment on the part of the employer," says Johnson. "Employers often find out that a technician isn’t going to work out only after some considerable time and money has been expended. This DVD training program is one effective tool that can be used to avoid that unfortunate situation."
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