POPLARVILLE – A group of technicians from the Naval Oceanograhpic Office at Stennis Space Center spent several days recently at Pearl River Community College.
The men were enrolled in a 40-hour course in the PRCC heating and air conditioning program through the college’s Workforce Development division.
“They’re learning how to install mini-splits and refrigerant circuits,” instructor Eric McCoy said.
Mini-splits are compact air conditioners used on ships, he said.
“These go on 20-foot containers for offshore use,” NAVO electrical technician Corey Smith said. “They keep our seagoing containers cool while we’re at sea.”
The block schedule utilized in many of PRCC’s career-technical education programs allows the college to offer training when students are between block classes. McCoy has been teaching classes for NAVO for three years.
“I like to use this asset for on-the-job training,” Smith said. “Eric is one of the best instructors we can find.”
Several of the NAVO students have completed instrumentation and hydraulics block classes in the past and one, Mark Guchereau of Picayune, is a graduate of the PRCC electrical technology program.
For infomation about PRCC Workforce Development, telephone 601 403-1241.
PRCC heating and air conditioning instructor Eric McCoy, center, shows NAVO electrical technicians Mark Guchereau of Picayune, left, and Chauncey Philan of Pass Christian how to make a fitting for a compact air conditioning unit. Looking on is Corey Smith of NAVO.
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