Includes: HVAC, locker repair, plumbing, and sheet metal.
Frank Maes, Manager (17 years with Department, 8 years as manager)
Craft Shops include HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning); Sheet Metal (duct work, exhaust vents, venting hot water heaters, installing ceiling grills, and installing air conditioning units); Locker Repair; and Plumbing (domestic water, gas, and sewer maintenance).
The HVAC shop used to keep students cool in May and warm in January with 45 technicians. Today, with more heating and cooling systems to maintain due to APS expanding by 11 new schools in the last four years, the shop employs only 18 full-time technicians due to budget reductions. Outside contractors are used to supplement the growing mechanical needs of the District.
In spite of the radically shrinking staff, the Mechanical Department has consistently grown its PM programs in the HVAC and Plumbing shops. While emergency calls are not yet unheard of, they have been reduced by 43% due to expanding preventative maintenance work. Only the one-man Locker Repair Shop is not on a PM program as lockers don’t typically wear out, rather vandalism results in reactive work requests and repairs.
The Mechanical Department Shops have collectively increased PM work by 159.7% over the previous fiscal year and an astounding 415.4% since 2007.
“It has been my goal since I became manager of the Mechanical Department to
-- FRANK MAES, MANAGER, MECHANICAL
Installation of refrigerated cooling systems (chillers) completed
Started in 2005, the project was completed in the 2009-10 fiscal year. The Direct Digital Controls (DDC) HVAC systems are computerized and automated through the Facilities Management Systems.
Developed a DDC Specialist in HVAC Shop
A former HVAC technician was trained to become the DDC expert and is responsible for all District DDC systems at 10 schools and the new Data Center.
Automated PM contractor work orders for kitchen hood fire protection systems
Converted steam boilers to hot water boilers at five schools
Performing more HVAC and plumbing work faster
From 2007 to the 2009-10 fiscal year, the HVAC Shop increased the number of work orders performed by 42.5% while reducing the time to perform the work by 66.8%. During this same time period, the Plumbing Shop increased the number of work orders performed by 4.7% while reducing task time by 77.4%. In addition, the Plumbing Shop has increased its PM program by a dramatic 760% since 2007.
New PM programs
PM programs (on-going) - Because HVAC and plumbing services inspections are state mandated the Mechanical Department is ahead in developing PM programs; however, many of the following PM programs are not required.
Status of 2009-10 Fiscal Year Goals