“One of a kind” is a phrase often used to describe our HVAC Training Center. Located in Jasper, Alabama, the state-of-the-art facility has provided training, professional development and continuing education to over 38,000+ participants from 45 states and three countries since 1986.
In 2017, Alabama Power and Bevill State Community College formed a partnership to help provide workforce development and economic growth for Alabama. 52 industry partners have also participated in the development of this one-of-a-kind training center
The 53,000 square foot building houses an auditorium, five classrooms, computer laboratory and seven laboratories. The building is equipped with Heat Pump Lab, Dual Fuel Heat Pump Lab, Geothermal/Water Heating Lab, Mini Split Lab, Brazing Lab, Simulator Lab, Demonstration House and Duct Fabrication Lab. The facility features 52 new trainers and 17 portable split system trainers for tasks such as rewiring electrical systems and re-piping refrigerant systems. Simulators with internally-metered devices to reflect time and proper troubleshooting procedures measure participant’s ability to repair potential problems. The training center’s staff has modified the units, so participants can address virtually any technical, electrical, refrigerant or air-related questions.
In addition, the center conducts classes on proper procedures in areas of load calculations, duct design, right suite, duct board fabrication and blower door and duct blower testing, as well as Alabama HACR Contractor Exam Review, EPA Section 608 Review and Testing, and NATE Review and Testing. Our facility offers the most current equipment supplemented by hands-on performance-based training.
Alabama Power's HVAC Training Center
3711 Industrial Court
Jasper, AL 35501
Follow I-65 to Corridor X / I-22 Exit #265. Follow I-22 West approximately 32 miles to Exit 65 for Industrial Parkway. Turn right onto Industrial Parkway. Go approximately 2 miles and watch for HVAC Training Center sign on right side of road. Turn right at sign (Industrial Court). Training Center will be the facility located in the back, housed along with Bevill State Community College.
Jamie Price joined the Training Center staff in 2010. Jamie came from M & A Supply in Birmingham and has 40 plus years of experience in the HVAC Industry. He has taught HVAC for the past 24 plus years while also acting as a field service representative. He earned a Certificate in HVAC from Bessemer State Technical College in 1993. He is an Alabama State Board of Heating and Air Conditioning certified contractor and a State of Alabama Master Gas Fitter and Plumber. He holds certifications in Residential Energy Auditing (REA), Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and eight NATE certifications, including International Ground Source Heat Pump Closed Loop (IGSHPA).
A native of Gadsden, Alabama, Joel is a graduate of Alabama Technical College (Gadsden State Community College), where he received a diploma in HVAC Technology. He joined Alabama Power in 1983 in the Appliance Service Department and moved to the Training Center as a training analyst in 1993 and was promoted to manager in 2010.
Joel has been actively involved in the HVAC Industry for 45 years and holds eight technician certifications and an Alabama State Board of Heating and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration contractor’s license. He is a certified Residential Mechanical Ventilation instructor for HRAI of Canada and a member of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers). He serves on NATE (North American Technician Excellence) in Arlington, Virginia; and as a site evaluator for PAHRA (Partnership for Air Condition, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation). He also serves as Chairperson of the Technical Committee for the HVACR SkillsUSA, State of Alabama competition and serves as a judge for the National SkillsUSA competition.
Jeff Marquess, from Calera, Alabama joined our HVAC Training Center in September 2014 as a Training Analyst. Jeff is a graduate of The University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration. He has over 38 years of experience in the HVAC Industry. Jeff ‘s experience in the HVAC industry include: installation technician, service technician, sales, load calculations, duct design, duct fabrication and technical training. He was previously employed for over 22 years as a field service representative for an HVAC Distributor. Jeff’s certifications include: Alabama State Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor, Certified Residential Energy Auditor, Certified Duct and Envelope tightness verifier, State of Alabama Certified Journeyman Gas Fitter, Universal Refrigerant Handling Technician, and he holds several NATE Certifications. He is an active member of R.S.E.S and ACCA. He is an approved proctor for NATE and The ESCO Group. He is also an approved Continuing Education Instructor for NATE and the State of Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.
Eddie Hardee has 27 years of experience in the HVACR industry. Eddie has taught within the industry as an N.C.C.E.R (National Center for Construction Education and Research) certified instructor. Eddie severed as a Field Service Representative, installation technician, service technician and service manager. He's also worked in sales, load calculations, duct design, and duct fabrication. Eddie joined Alabama Power in 2010 as an instructor for the HVAC Training Center and he as also served as a Corporate Marketing Support Representative. He is currently a Senior Training Analyst at the HVAC Training Center. Eddie’s certifications include: State of Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor and Refrigeration Contractor, State of Alabama Certified Master Gas Fitter, Universal Refrigerant Handling Technician, NATE Certified Technician, Residential Energy Auditor, Home Energy Rater, Level 2 Certified thermographer, and Certified IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association) installer, instructor, and member. He is also a CEU provider for NATE and the State of Alabama.