The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration NEWS presented Bernard "Bernie" J. Merkel with the 2008 HVACR Instructor of the Year award at the HVACR and Plumbing Instructor Workshop held in Lansdowne, VA, U.S., March 5-7.
During the three-day event, which drew more than 300 instructors from secondary and postsecondary school-based instructional programs across the country, AHRI and The News recognized those instructors who dedicate their careers to improving technician training. The HVACR Instructor of the Year award is presented to an instructor who possesses outstanding teaching credentials and demonstrates a commitment to effectively training the next generation of HVACR industry professionals. This instructor goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide a strong foundation of learning for the future of the workforce. His or her dedication to high educational standards makes this instructor one every student wants to have.
For more than 40 years, Merkel of Rochester, N.Y., has dedicated his career to not only working behind the scenes to improve HVACR service training across the country, but also in front of the class training the next generation of HVACR service technicians. He spends more than 300 days a year on the road dedicated to this mission.