ATHENS, Texas – The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) welcomed a new instructor last month to teach advanced classes in heating, ventilating and air conditioning repair.
Brian Snodderly will spend three weeks teaching at NRVTA before returning to his home in Kearney, Mo., for four weeks and repeating the cycle.
For more than 25 years, he has been the owner of Amazing Comfort, a heating, ventilating and air conditioning service center in Kearney, where his staff installs and repairs residential or commercial systems.
He completed RV training in 2014 with the Mobile RV Academy, the predecessor to NRVTA. He also took courses at Hillyard Technical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., and at training centers in Platte City, Mo.
At NRVTA, his courses will include a 40-60 mix of classroom instruction and hands-on labs where students apply course material to products found in recreation vehicles. Snodderly averages 12 students per class, but can accommodate as many as 22 people seeking training to become technicians at RV dealerships or starting RV mobile service businesses.
“We have enough equipment at NRVTA that students do not have to gather around a single unit to learn how it works,” he explained. “Rather, each student can work on his or her own heater or air conditioner to understand the inner workings of the different brands.”
Snodderly said he was attracted to NRVTA because the staff puts God first and the academy put in place a high degree of ethics that not only helps people improve their lives in careers to help families, but also encourages students to give back to their local communities.
“Attending advanced training classes can be overwhelming for many people,” he explained. “But one of my greatest joys as an instructor is witnessing the moments when the lightbulb comes on as students apply what they learn in classrooms to what they’re experiencing in the hands-on labs.
“You can see it in their eyes and on their faces the moment everything makes sense to them,” said Snodderly. “That’s when I know they’re on their way to successful careers.”