Our Interview with HVAC Professor Jim Clyde of Johnson County Community College

As a leader in the process fluid heat transfer industry, we are determined to stay up to date on industry news and developments. To accomplish this, we have an ongoing series on our blog where we interview industry professionals.

For this blog, we interviewed HVAC professor Jim Clyde. Currently, Clyde teaches students enrolled in the HVAC program at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. With over 50 years of experience working and teaching in the field, Clyde offers a unique viewpoint on what it’s like working in the HVAC industry, the current state of the industry, and how he thinks it will change over the next few years.

Check out our interview with Professor Clyde below!

1. How long have you been working in and teaching about the HVAC field, and what led you to it?

Having grown up in a family business within the HVAC industry, I was introduced to the field at a very young age. I started working in the field 54 years ago and started teaching in a vocational school 46 years ago. I had previously taken some classes at the school and was asked to join the faculty when an opening became available. I really enjoy teaching and have continued to do so because of how rewarding it is to see my students learn and prosper.

2. Why do you feel students should pursue HVAC opportunities? What are some of the benefits you see the field offering?

The HVAC industry offers endless opportunities for students and between the continued EPA requirements and industry advancements, there will always be plenty of work to be done. Additionally, the work never gets boring and I think it’s enjoyable to meet and work with customers.

3. What’s your favorite course to teach?

Basic Electrical Systems is probably my favorite course to teach. The students tend to struggle a little at first, but then all of the sudden they get it and you can see their faces light up with pride.

4. What’s something about the HVAC field that people would find interesting or surprising?

The HVAC field is actually pretty scientific and requires a thorough understanding and knowledge of HVAC systems. You don’t just dump in some refrigerant and move on, especially with the constant upgrades in efficiencies.

5. Where do you see the industry heading? Will the IoT and similar technologies have an impact?

I think the industry will continue to grow and become even more complex as systems are pushed for better efficiencies and IAQ grows into a large role within the industry.

6. What advice would you give to those entering the field?

Pick an area of the industry that interests you and learn as much as possible about that field as well as the entire industry.

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