Stromquist Atlanta Upcoming Classes – Updated

The following classes are held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Atlanta, GA and begin at 7:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Prices include training material and certificate of completion, plus continental breakfast and full lunch.  For more information contact  To register, click the Class Registration tab at the top of the page.

Basic Pneumatics – September 9 – $200

You will work hands-on with pneumatic equipment to learn fundamentals of pneumatic controls. The class will cover limit controls, P.E. switches, solenoid valves, relays, valve and damper operations, and thermostats.

VAV and PIU Fundamentals – September 10 – $200

In this class you will learn the fundamentals of VAV and PIU boxes. You will get to practice on equipment and troubleshoot given hypothetical problems. Instruction covers velocity formulas, CFMs, and static pressures.

Boiler Basics – October 7 — $200

This class will explain different types of boilers and boiler operations. Topics will include flame safeguard, proper piping and gas trains.

Chiller Workshop – October 8-9 — $350

This class focuses on basic operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of chilled water systems. Topics will include basic refrigeration cycle of water chillers; design and overall op-eration of chilled water systems; refrigerant types, handling and record keeping; pumps and piping systems; chiller plant optimization; chiller math and log analysis.

Intro to DDC and Bldg Automation – October 23 — Free

This is a half day class (8:00-12:00) with a thorough overview of the basics of DDC. Topics will include Comm Protocols, Field Controllers, Supervisory Controllers, Wiring, Building Automation Theory, Intro to Niagara AX, and Proprietary vs Open Systems. You will also get an intro to Programming, AX Workbench, Configurable vs Fully Programmable controllers, and Field Controller Programming basics.

Eric’s Favorite Video of the Week — Joshua Foer: Feats of Memory Anyone Can Do

There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique — called the memory palace — and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on

James Johnson Instructs VYKONPro Training — September 30th Class Almost Full! Act Now!

vykon VYKONPro Training is a 5-day class designed to help system engineers streamline engineering processes by using the latest NiagaraAX features and best practices. The VYKONPro module is a collection of station components and px widgets that are provided as a value add to the VYKON channel partners.

This class will be taught by James Johnson, recipient of the Control Trends Award for Most Valuable Support Person of the Year. His expertise will guide students through a variety of best practices and dive into the latest features available in NiagaraAX.

Topics include:
* NiagaraAX 3.6 and 3.7 Enhancements
* Px (Graphics) Design [Read more...]

Eric’s Favorite Video Of The Week: Marshall Thurber On Speaking With Good Purpose

Playing “above the line” has been perhaps the best thing. The first thing that happens when you make a mistake is that your mind wants to lay blame — on someone else! Marshall Thurber proposes a powerful solution to deal with that tendency that might just change your company’s corporate culture for the better using the “The Two Dollar Rule.” Watch a better way to deal with blame, justification, and shame in the modern corporate world.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED): Make Black and White out of Gray by Josh Millsapps

Important watch and straightstick summary! Though this is a primer for CPTED EXAM goers, this is solid guidance for better security everywhere — especially for the schools and universities, as well as municipalities, hospital, and retail markets. Differentiating between public and private space and displaying a vested interest are vital elements of deterrence.

For more great information, visit Josh’s website or Josh’s YouTube Channel.

Fall into Stromquist Atlanta Classes

It’s that time again – school is back in session. These classes fill up quickly so get registered right away!  The below classes will be held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Smyrna, GA. Price includes training material, certificate, plus breakfast and lunch (the half day Controller class does not include lunch).  Start time is 7:30 a.m.  Email for more information. [Read more...]

Eric’s Favorite Video of The Week For Week Ending July 21, 2013

How does your business stay relevant in a world where customers have so many choices? Stromquist & Company was lucky enough work with Marshall Thurber to answer this questions. Marshall was kind enough to let us film six of his key principals for being successful. This video is the first of six videos that we posted on ControlTrends.

Many thanks to Marshall , who is one of the truly great business teachers of our time, for sharing six success secrets, from his course The Future of Business. Mentored by [Read more...]

ControlTrends Hangout: Episode Two – Using Social Media in The HVAC Industry

Ken Smyers and I continued our “hangout” discussion on how to use social media to grow and maintain your HVAC business. Anthony Bronzo from and Seãn Johnson from Stromquist & Company joined us on the Hangout.
Do you want to know how to optimize your Google SEO ranking or if paid keywords are better than organic searches? The be sure to hear what Anthony and Seãn have to say.

Want to join us on a hangout? Email us at, we would love to have you on the show.