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Building HVAC Science

May 31, 2024

In this episode of the Building HVAC Science podcast, Eric introduces Matt Akins, the Manager of HVAC Education at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), as they delve into Matt's journey within the HVAC industry. Matt's career trajectory, starting as a dispatcher for an HVAC company at 19, took him through various roles, from technician to operations manager. His pivotal moment came when he compared his paycheck to a technician's, realizing the value of education and skill development in the field. 

Through hands-on experience and formal education at a technical college, Matt gained comprehensive knowledge of HVAC systems and operations, from dispatching to troubleshooting. Despite the challenges and physical demands of the job, Matt's passion for teaching emerged, driven by a desire to share his expertise and improve industry practices.

Transitioning into teaching was a natural progression for Matt, fueled by his deep-rooted commitment to elevating the standards within the HVAC community. His multifaceted background equipped him with a unique perspective, allowing him to bridge the gap between technical intricacies and practical application. Through his role at ACCA, Matt now spearheads the development of training materials and conducts workshops covering a broad spectrum of topics, from system design to sales techniques. His journey exemplifies the transformative power of education within the HVAC industry, inspiring fellow practitioners to continually strive for excellence and innovation.


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This episode was recorded in March 2024.