FREE HVAC Controls Training? Yes.

HVAC Controls Training offered for free.Though it may seem outlandish to hear that someone is actually offering HVAC Controls and specifically DDC Controls training, let alone offering it at a price of …FREE! It is absolutely true though and I am going to do just that in the coming weeks.

I am creating a series of videos and blogs that I will be putting out on a regular basis to help assist those looking to learn more about the HVAC and DDC Controls industry. There isn’t much info out there designed to educate those not already in the industry on how they can get a better grasp as to understanding the products and terminology used in controls systems.

The best part about the kind of training I will be offering is that anyone can use it!

Whether you are someone who knows of the controls industry because you are out on the job site with another trade, a facilities engineer or manager who wants to learn more about your own system or even a building manager wanting to be more informed about what a Building Automation System (BAS) can do for your property… you will learn something.

If you have searched for training on controls systems in the past or are currently searching… What area or specific information are you looking for? Have you had any previous experience in controls?

Let me know in the comments…

38 Responses to FREE HVAC Controls Training? Yes.

  1. Bohncoils November 16, 2011 at 21:52

    Excited to see it. I’m a PM for a mechanical contractor, not extremely involved on the technical side but more with job management, estimating, etc. But, always excited to learn more.

    • The Controls Freak November 16, 2011 at 23:58

      Thanks for the comment and it’s great that you are online looking around for more information. Be sure to let me know if there is something in particular you have always wanted to learn more about and I will be sure to put it on the list to make a video or write up an article.

  2. Bohncoils November 17, 2011 at 20:12

    How about a basic article on the benefits and a basic theoretical setup of a zone system? I know it’s probably really basic, but may help establish the foundation of controls?

  3. dan December 9, 2011 at 15:28

    I’ve done medium and high voltage electrical for the last 15 years. Installed my first bms system last year and really got interested…I look forward to seeing what this blog offers…thanks

    • The Controls Freak December 9, 2011 at 17:12

      Glad to see you found my Blog, Dan. I have worked and taught everything I can to a couple of journeyman electricians who were liking the idea of working with smaller wires. ;)

      <—– I’m just getting started to don’t forget to sign up to my updates newsletter there on the left to know when I add stuff to the site.

  4. Joe Rosario December 13, 2011 at 21:45

    Very interested in learning some basics about DDC. just left the Low Temps side of the industry and sure would like to get up to speed.

    • The Controls Freak December 13, 2011 at 22:11

      Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to use my Contact Form and send me a question or two and I will be glad to try and post up some info about it.

      • theo July 8, 2012 at 01:50

        i’m a new guy in the company, don’t have any knowledge about havc and controls.Can i have a chance to learn from you?

        • Abel B Ramirez II August 20, 2012 at 09:25

          Stay tuned as I have some great videos coming with some more useful information. But don’t stop looking for more great info. There is alot out there it’s just spread all over with small pieces of info here and there. Stay tuned…

  5. Chris Norris January 15, 2012 at 20:34

    Thanks Abel for taking the time to make this site. There’s some really good info here!
    All the best to you.

  6. jg0213 October 4, 2012 at 13:27

    I am really excited. I do energy project development but weak in controls side. Thanks for this effort.

  7. Brian Basham January 28, 2013 at 13:17

    Thanks for all the information your web site provides. I have currently lost my job at a large University and although I have worked around and with DDC / Building automation BACnet, I have had no formal training and therefore am finding it difficult to gain employment. I did work in the HVACR field 11 years a go and have a 2 year degree, however I have forgotten most of that knowledge and also am trying to avoid having to retrain in those areas of HVAC. any help would be appreciated. All the Honeywell classes are few months out, and also out of state. Thanks again for any help or advice.

  8. Pete Mallari March 17, 2013 at 10:27

    I have a Bachelor degree four years and been working with automation actuators and pneumatic controls. I certainly would like to expand my knowledge especially HVAC. I also appreciate your encouragement of helping people expanding skills as it is needed in the US. I look forward to join any form of training as long as I can get certified. More power to you Abel!

    • Abel B Ramirez II March 28, 2013 at 20:57

      Thanks for the comment. One thing I will tell you… don’t get hung up on certification when it comes to controls and building automation. There honestly isn’t anything out there that you can get certified that is general in nature. In most cases any certifications are from a day or five in a training class with a particular manufacturer’s system. What they teach you there is very generic and won’t be something a prospective employer is expecting you to have.

      Focus on finding the right position in the controls industry and go get a new position working for that company even if it isn’t the final position you are looking for. Get exposed to stuff first hand. GOOD LUCK!

  9. BAO NGUYEN June 20, 2013 at 10:49

    Hi, I’m very interesting on your HVAC controls system class. I’ve been mechanical estimating for 13 yrs and off course I also provide a cost for hvac controls system too. Basically I provide a cost by counting of controls point from control diagram. This is really an opportunity for me to understand more about it.


  10. jay van coney August 15, 2013 at 10:26

    Looking for training or a trainig dvd or manual on Andover Plain English Programming.

  11. Vincent Call September 16, 2013 at 19:09

    Hello Able,

    First thank you for the Blog and the videos they have been a great help so far. I found the recent Google hangout video especially insightful for the website I am building, as I have recently just been employed by an HVAC/Sheet Metal contractor. My primary purpose is to help the other technicians understand how the digital movement is making everyone’s lives easier, especially for fire and forget marketing. However the largest reason for my employment is for my IT background (AAS Network Admin.) with the prevailing push to put a HAL 9000 (Space Odyssey, Clarke A.) in every home and business . . . I mean, Residential Management System and Business Management System (RMS/BMS). Right now my area of focus is the different communication methods that manufactures use from the Windows controlled to PLC ladder logic controls and even those few Hybrids that seem to keep cropping up. I understand you have a “day” job but was wondering if you were going to be doing a scaling video. I.E. Finding the perfect system to fit your clients needs for now, and tomorrow?

    • Abel B Ramirez II September 16, 2013 at 19:53

      Thanks for the comment Vincent… How about you copy/paste that over in the Discussion Forums in a Introduce Yourself post and we can talk about it.

  12. J. Myers October 2, 2013 at 17:00


    Let me know if you ever need some help with training video’s and/or article help. I produce training video’s for our staff on HVAC and mechanical equipment and would love to assist others in learning more about the industry.


  13. ben November 5, 2013 at 23:21

    I have 15 years of experience on residential hvac
    And lam looking to learn how the water and air cooled chillers operates in details

  14. steve hudson January 14, 2014 at 17:03

    Im a heating engineer in the uk, ive just started with a company who do alot of work on breakdowns /maintenance on commercial buildings, with most of my experience on pipework &servicing only knowing the basics of hvac controls more in depth knowledge of bms would be more than welcome, this website is brilliant, thanks.

  15. Wes June 24, 2014 at 04:44

    Is this for real? What all do you cover?

  16. Louie A August 25, 2014 at 21:07

    These comments are dated 2011 or 2012. Where can I find this blog and list of training videos? I enjoyed your central plant video on YouTube. I am an Operations and maintenance technician for Johnson Controls, Inc., and would love to learn more about the CEP and BMS here. Thanks!

  17. David R November 28, 2014 at 18:28

    These comments are dated 2011 or 2012 per Louie A. I agree. Is this still available? If so, any info on control logic and programming in Bacnet for example setting up the inputs and outputs. Any training on similar topics would be great.

  18. Alagappan February 1, 2015 at 06:20

    Awaiting for this great opportunity

  19. Harold Gavens February 5, 2015 at 13:27

    My controls career started in the USAF back in 1980 when the rage was pneumatics and the new guy was electrical controls…My first BMS was the Andover system with a green screen and the words with a cursor flashing…Rotate all drums? Y/N

    I of course clicked yes once…Just once. I enjoyed your discussion on the central cooling plant and have a young man on my staff that has showed the aptitude to be our next HVAC controls tech at Buckingham Services and would love to have him exposed to this type of training.

    Where do I sign him up? :-)

  20. kevin mennor March 5, 2015 at 15:44

    I have been servicing all hvac equipment at a facility for disabled children and it’s full of Johnson dx-9100 and unt controllers. been going it alone with hvac pro software but would like some training by someone that’s worked on them. thanks

  21. Tak March 15, 2015 at 22:46

    Well, its been four years since you promised “Free HVAC training in a few weeks”. Not sure what word to use to describe this situation that won’t get delete. So, I will just say Disappointed.


    • Abel B Ramirez II March 16, 2015 at 13:07

      Well… I did begin providing information about Controls and searching the Internet researching related information IS training yourself. So I feel I began going in the right direction. Though my paid career and personal life do tend to take priority.

      So my word to reiterate is… “Free.” Can’t complain about something if you have nothing invested into it.

      Producing quality videos, which is what I enjoy doing in my free time actually takes a lot of time. For some of my 5-10 minute videos, I was spending about 8-10 hours to create them.

      So utilize the information I offer for free and anything else you can find on the Internet, combine it with getting a job that works with Controls and begin your own path to success using On-the-Job Training. Once you learn a few things, please share by creating your own FREE information that others can learn from.

      Maybe even create a few videos too! ;)

  22. Russell Giambrone March 17, 2015 at 10:37

    Awesome stuff!
    Thanks my guys will be utilizing your training!

  23. Chris May 12, 2015 at 22:10

    Thank you Abel very helpful videos your delivery and approach is excellent new to Hvac industry and studying chillers presently and your videos are very helpful keep up the great work and thanks again

  24. br78802 July 14, 2015 at 01:14

    Tak could try finding out how much Honeywell, Trane, Carrier or Johnson Controls wants for their schools then…. try free! lol

  25. Samuel September 8, 2015 at 07:47

    I’d like to participate in your training. Please give more details.


  26. Ray September 14, 2015 at 20:17

    I have a basic understanding of controls. I work in Commercial HVAC and have installed a few systems and managed to troubleshoot some basic problems. I’m interested in learning about more advanced controls.

  27. john workman October 5, 2015 at 17:02

    Looking for info / training & other tech info on how to implement PLC controls of HVAC system.

  28. Ciaran November 11, 2015 at 10:22

    I am a mechanical services engineer and I have been trying for months to find some good training on bms systems. Looking forward to seeing what your blog has to offer


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