On February 22, 2019, the Northern Nevada ASHRAE chapter hosted a tour of the Central Heating Plan at the University of Nevada, Reno. This presented an environment in which students and professionals in the HVAC industry could meet and mingle. At UNR, there is not yet an ASHRAE student chapter, no HVAC courses, and very little mention of the industry in general, making this event an extremely important starting point for establishing a connection between UNR students and the HVAC industry.
The tour was led by Candice George, an experienced professional in the industry who has worked as a design engineer, facilities engineer at UNR, and now works in sales at R.F. MacDonald. She was able to use her knowledge of the industry and familiarity with UNR’s facilities to guide a group of fifteen attendees through the boiler plant, explaining what the heating plant does, how the equipment works together and why these topics are significant.
Following the tour, the group met up for pizza and soda while a couple of the industry professionals discussed ASHRAE and the many opportunities that the organization provides. Topics covered included student scholarships for undergraduate and graduate programs, future plans for ASHRAE Student Activities, job opportunities, different aspects of the industry, and where all of the relevant resources can be found. We also discussed upcoming events for the Northern Nevada ASHRAE chapter including the YEA Bocce Ball event, the Annual Clay Shoot, and the next couple of chapter meetings.
Overall, this tour was a successful event and provided some students the opportunity to explore an interesting and exciting industry that they had not considered for their careers. This also served as the first visible step towards starting a student chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno.
If you have any questions about this tour, feel free to contact the Student Activities Chair for the Northern Nevada Chapter, Andrew Huie (firstname.lastname@example.org).