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International Operating Engineer - Fall 2019

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The quarterly magazine of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Training & Education

Training & Education Local 399 Opens New Technology Center Best in industry training raises the bar again where students can perform real world maintenance tasks using a variety of tools. The chiller’s heat removal is supported by an Evapco cooling tower using redundant condenser water pumps to complete the system loop. Ancillary chemical treatment stations and expansion tanks provide for a well-designed system and learning environment. A Cleaver Brooks firetube Clear-Fire H boiler complete with feedwater heater, chemical station, water softener, and common boiler fittings / accessories provide steam to the AHU coil. A NEW, state-of-the-art training facility, the IUOE Local 399 Technology Center in Chicago, will offer more opportunities for Local 399 members to expand their knowledge base. This re-developed property was designed with careful thought and planning to target Stationary crafts competencybased learning objectives. From its inception, close attention was paid to building a training platform that at its core includes a functional central plant which behaves like traditional commercial properties. A liquid Carrier chiller provides managed chilled water to Carrier’s air handling unit (AHU) using a redundant pumping network. The AHU along with a Trane 20 Ton rooftop unit (RTU) provide supply air to fan power boxes (FPB), variable air volume boxes (VAV), and diffusers at the mezzanine level [above] The new Local 399 Technology Center interior. [opposite page, top] Lab Carrier chiller and lab chill water pumps. [opposite page, center] Pump training cross sections and lab mezzanine access. [opposite page, bottom] Tech and Data Center classrooms. [below] Boiler section of new lab. [article & photos] Jim Coates, Local 399 A Tridium-based, BACnet compatible, building automation system (BAS) is integrated throughout the lab and classrooms with generous expansion possibilities. Six second floor “smart classrooms” blend industry specific equipment with stateof-the-art interactive audio visuals for maximum comprehension. The new Technology Center builds upon the history and reputation Local 399 has for providing its members with the finest education opportunities in the industry. 6 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER FALL 2019 7

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