CULLOWHEE – The Carrier Corp. manufacturing facility in Charlotte will be providing two high-efficiency rooftop heating and air conditioning units to Western Carolina University's construction management program.

One unit is a 20-ton component that has a Plexiglas side and full communicating controls for classroom and lab operation. Students will be able to operate this unit and safely observe all the functions.

The other unit is a 10-ton packaged standard efficiency heat pump. Units are pre-wired and pre-charged at the factory so that students may study the assembly and components.

“These two additional units to the mechanical and electrical class will help our future project managers understand the heating, ventilation and air conditioning aspect of managing the construction of a commercial facility,” said Bradford Sims, head of Western's construction management program.

“Our students may someday be the project manager for a general contractor overseeing the HVAC subcontractor, or they may be the project manager for the HVAC portion of the project, managing the entire installation, cost and schedule,” said Sims.

Carrier has been a world leader in the manufacture and sale of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, HVAC systems and products, said Sims. It is headquartered in Farmington, Conn., with more than 43,000 employees in nearly 175 countries.

For more information about Western's construction management program, contact Sims at (828) 227-2175 or via e-mail at .

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