“Quality of knowledge from course instructor was very helpful in understanding the course material.”
Chad MacPherson, Kerr Controls Ltd., Glace Bay, NS

“I feel that this completed the big picture for me. Now I feel confident in my ability not only to design the system but how to commission them.”
Mark Barron, Zed-Air Heating & Air Conditioning, London, ON

“The instructor geared the course towards the audience and the course material was well presented.”
Maureen Berard, City of Yorkton, Yorkton, SK

“I am thoroughly satisfied. I understand the subject and will use the information, including advice from other students, in my design work.”
Kelly Bindle, Bindle Engineering Ltd., Thompson, MB

SkillTech Instructors

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Robert Bean, R.E.T.

R Bean

Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.)
As a registered engineering technologist in the discipline of building construction, Robert has over 25 years of experience as an educator and a designer of indoor environmental systems.  Robert has developed and instructed many continuing education programs within the building sciences field, serves as a distinguished lecturer for ASHRAE and has been an instructor for SkillTech Academy since 2004.


Tom Cates

T Cates

Tom Cates, RASDT, RHDT
A licensed sheet metal mechanic and gas technician, Tom has been involved in various aspects of the HVAC industry for the past 22 years.  Tom has worked for both large and small contracting companies in the residential, commercial and industrial sector and for a number of years, owned and operated his own metal fabricating company.  Tom has been an instructor for SkillTech Academy since 2006.


Rex Cotter

Rex Cotter

Rex Cotter
A 40 year veteran of the residential HVAC industry, Rex owned and operated his own heating and sheet metal company prior to beginning his career in the educational field.  Rex has held various teaching positions within local community vocational colleges as an instructor in the Oil Burner Mechanic program.  In addition Rex has also conducted training for R2000, Energy Efficient Housing and Wood Heating as well as in Occupational Health and Safety.  Rex has been an accredited HRAI Instructor since 1986.


Bill Crist, B.Sc., P.Eng.

Bill Crist, B.Sc.,P.Eng.,RASDT

Bill Crist, B.Sc., P.Eng., RASDT, RHDT
Bill has been active in all aspects of the design and construction of energy efficient housing for more than 30 years and has participated in numerous studies involving the performance of HVAC systems, including heat/energy recovery ventilation.  Familiar with ASHRAE 62.2 and the CAN/CSA F326 standard, Bill has been instructing HVAC and building science training programs for HRAI SkillTech Academy for 25 years.  Bill also works with builders and HVAC contractors to help solve building science, heating and ventilation problems.


Tom Dyer

Tom Dyer, RASDT

Tom Dyer, RASDT
A 30 year veteran of the residential/commercial HVAC industry, and an active member of ASHRAE, Tom has been a professor in the sheet metal department of a local community college since 1975.  He operates a consulting business that specializes in system design and IAQ and has been an accredited HRAI Instructor since 1989.


John Harris, P.Eng

John Harris, P.Eng,RASDT

John Harris, P.Eng, RASDT, RHDT
John has owned and operated a home inspection company since 1999, and prior to that was in the engineering management field for 13 years.  John is a Certified Energy Advisor for the Natural Resources Canada Energuide For Houses Program and he has taught a wide range of building science topics including electrical inspection.  John has been an instructor for SkillTech Academy since 2003.


John Hockman

John Hockman, RASDT

John Hockman, RASDT
With a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Pre-Masters degree in Architecture, John has been a consultant and designer of energy efficient housing and advanced mechanical systems for houses for over 40 years.  John has designed, written and delivered many residential technical and business training programs, and has been an Instructor of SkillTech Academy’s residential courses since 1989.  In 2000, John won Canada’s Energy Efficiency Award for the design of a super energy efficient “green” home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Nick Reggi

John Hockman, RASDT

Nick Reggi, C.E.T., MSc. Eng., RASDT, RHDT
With years of practical experience along with a background working with a major HVAC Manufacturer, he has delivered a variety of courses, has developed many articles, teaching aids and books which have been recognized by many different organizations for his accomplishments.  Nick has been a professor in the HVAC department of a local community college since 1986 and has been an instructor for SkillTech Academy since 2008.