RMIT University relies on a comprehensive range of equipment from testo
to train their students and help prepare them for a successful career in
Trevor Jenkinson from RMIT University in Melbourne who is responsible
for training the next generation of refrigeration and air conditioning
professionals, comments that it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest
technology trends to prepare students for a successful career.
As the university’s Senior Educator for the refrigeration and air
conditioning department for the past 10 years, Mr Jenkinson believes that testo’s
range of instruments has made a discernible difference to the training program
and his students.
Beginning as a trade college in the late 1800s, RMIT quickly become an
important part of the Victorian trade industry, gaining university status in
the 1990s, and opening its curriculum to other subjects such as communications
and the environment. However, the university continues to focus on their vocational
refrigeration and air conditioning courses, which are highly popular, requiring
them to train new teachers on equipment and materials regularly.
RMIT’s refrigeration school has a range of students aged 16 to 50 years,
with the courses addressing all aspects of the industry from domestic,
commercial and industrial to transport and marine sectors.
According to Mr Jenkinson, they use a range of equipment to conduct
student training to cover every part of the industry from simulators to a full
supermarket, full hotel system, milk vats, pubs, clubs, convenience stores and
a chiller for a multi-storey building.
The university began its relationship with testo instruments when a
former student saw the benefits of some of their digital gauges and suggested their
use in the training courses. The refrigeration school has, ever since, used
electronic gauges, data loggers, infrared cameras and training courses from testo.
Mr Jenkinson notes that testo has been a major part of the ongoing
success of the school. Observing that testo’s service quality has been
faultless, he explains that the company has supported the university in
everything from the purchase of devices to retraining teaching staff with their
newer electronic gauges or data loggers.
Although testo’s digital gauges are slightly more expensive than their
analogue counterparts, Mr Jenkinson recognises the benefit to younger students.
Once the students get the hang of the devices, it only takes them two or three
minutes to master the instrument compared to 10-15 minutes for older
Despite the fierce competition in the refrigeration education sector, Mr
Jenkinson recommends testo instruments to other training institutions.