The SkillsUSA competition in the HVAC&R skill area will determine who will go on to represent the United States in the WorldSkills Competition in Helsinki, Finland, in May 2005. Contestants competing at the AHR Expo have been chosen from the winners and runners up from the two most recent years of the annual SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, MO. The contestants will compete against each other and the clock to see who will be the lone U.S. representative to face HVAC&R students from around the world.
- Ryan Hanna-West Virginia;
Shawn Wasielewski-Pennsylvania; and
The heating, ventilation, air conditioning & refrigeration contestants are tested on their ability to perform such jobs as troubleshooting and recommending service and repair, brazing, refrigerant component servicing, air measurement and troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, and refrigerant recovery. They are judged on the basis of their use of tools and test equipment, speed, accuracy and safety.