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Professional Development Critical in Servicing Today’s Cutting-edge Schools and Systems

Lost classroom learning time due to breakdowns of HVAC, plumbing, or electrical systems, or a leaking roof must be avoided at all costs. APS students and taxpayers are entitled to receive the utmost in efficiency of operations throughout all APS schools. In providing that efficiency in the 21st Century, it is no longer sufficient for a plant engineer, supervisor, or technician to know a little about a lot of things relevant to a facility. As buildings and their equipment and electrical energy systems become more efficient and high tech, extremely specialized training and knowledge is required for all M&O staff. Today’s facility technicians are required to be highly skilled and knowledgeable about specific complex state-of-the-art systems that outperform and outlast obsolete equipment while using less energy.

It’s quite a challenge, considering budgetary limitations, yet an M&O priority to plan and carryout this indispensable professional development. To shelve it for a later time will result in the sophisticated systems failing and classrooms closed until the added costs of corrective action resolves the breakdown that wouldn’t have occurred in the first place had systems’ maintenance training been provided.

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