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Training Chicago’s skilled Welders and HVAC/R technicians since 1973!

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Mission Statement

ETI School of Skilled Trade’s mission is to teach students the technical and professional skills needed to gain entry-level employment in the growing HVAC/R or Skilled Welder industries. ETI believes in providing a positive, supportive, engaging, and student-centered learning environment to all students.

Vision Statement

ETI’s responsibility is to focus on providing the highest levels of customer service and student satisfaction. ETI training will prepare our students to meet the demanding responsibilities of the industries in which we train students by creating environments that simulate the work-place, maintaining industry-current equipment, and providing faculty of higher caliber to provide education and training that will give our students the skills and competitive edges needed to sustain long-lasting careers in the HVAC/R and Welding Industries.

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Featured Instructors

At ETI School of Skilled Trades, the teachers make the difference.

Christopher McKee
HVAC/R Instructor

A motorcycle enthusiast, Chris got into the industry because he was looking for a well-paying job that wouldn’t be repetitive and boring. He worked for both residential and commercial companies before joining ETI in 2010, where he takes pride in being able to influence the industry’s next generation.

Jerry Ray
HVAC/R Instructor

Jerry has been in HVAC for more than four decades. He has numerous certifications, including NATE heating/air conditioning, and Wiel-McLain Steam Class and Hydrowater certifications. He likes watching his students gain an understanding and apply that knowledge to solve problems.

Joe Trimble
HVAC/R Instructor

Joe has been with ETI since 2010 and in the industry since 2000. He chose this as a career because he wanted a job that paid well and would allow him to comfortably support his family. He likes the predictable schedule of teaching, which allows him to spend more time with his family.

Ray Winesburg
Skilled Welder Instructor

Ray has spent over 40 years in the industry. He has been with ETI since the welding program began, serving as both instructor and welding director. The thing he likes best about teaching is the sense of satisfaction that comes from seeing the skills students develop. He enjoys wrestling and MMA.

Mosen Davanipour
HVAC/R Instructor

Mr. Mosen has been in the trade for more than 30 years and with ETI for more than 25. What he likes most about teaching is meeting new students and watching them learn the skills they need to succeed.

Kyle Davis
Skilled Welder Instructor

Kyle joined ETI in 2017 after 12 years in the industry. He initially chose a welding career because he knew it would provide him with great opportunities. He now uses his experience and knowledge to help ETI students train for their own rewarding lifelong career.

Dan Olson
Skilled Welding Instructor

The son of a pipefitter, it was only natural that Dan would follow in his father’s footsteps. In more than four decades in the industry, he has worked on several large projects, including the Deep Tunnel Project, Midway Airport and the Soldier Field remodel. He joined ETI in 2015, where he enjoys sharing his experience with students.

Anthony Smith
HVAC/R Instructor

Seeking an in-demand career, Anthony followed several of his family members into HVAC. While working for Johnson Controls, he had the opportunity to upgrade dated HVAC controls to digital automation controls. He enjoys sharing knowledge and experience gained from 13 years in the trade with students, helping them develop the skills to sustain their career.

Michael Horejs
Skilled Welding Instructor

Michael has been welding for over 35 years, 32 of which were spent with the Highway Maintenance Department. Now he shares that experience with ETI students, where he loves watching beginners learn how to weld. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time outdoors.

Alan Turner
HVAC/R Instructor

A 30-year veteran of the industry, Alan ran two fabrication shops, supervising up to 25 employees before joining ETI. His favorite thing about teaching is building relationships with students. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dog.

Kevin Pflanz
HVAC/R Instructor

Kevin joined the industry in 1984 because he recognized the opportunity HVAC offered to make a good living. His experience includes working on O’Hare Airport and Brookfield School. He joined ETI in 2006 and nothing makes him happier than hearing form students who have gone on to successful HVAC careers.

Virgil Toepfer
HVAC/R Instructor

As a senior in high school, Virgil listened to a pitch from a trade school recruiter and decided HVAC was the career for him. 28 years later, the journeyman sheet metal worker is sharing his knowledge with students at ETI. He enjoys the energy and positive attitude of his students as they look toward their own futures.

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