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Training Chicago’s skilled 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.

Our Faculty

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

Aaron Styles
Skilled Welder Instructor

Aaron has been working in the welding field for the past 10 years. As a graduate of ETI, he has been able to come back and provide new students with an introduction to the vastly growing welding field. Aaron has been teaching at ETI for the past 2 years and is thankful for being able to pass on his knowledge and experience to his students.

Brad Pelcha
Skilled Welder Instructor

As a 6 year Veteran of the United States Army, Specialist Brad Pelcha brings 11 years of welding experience to his students at ETI. In the time, Brad served in the US Army, he worked as a Welding Instructor to the 4th Iraqi Army Division where he spent his time training other soldiers. Brad works with his students day in and day out to ensure that they are working and most importantly working hard. He has a favorite quote that states, “Gotta get it started, if we wanna get it done”.

Adam Gibson
Skilled Welder Instructor

Adam has 9 years’ experience in the welding field. Adam acquired his CWI ( Certified Welding Inspector) through the American Welding Society and his certifications do not stop there. Adam’s motivation is to see his students begin with no knowledge to watching them progress and finish and become proficient in their welds. He is a true believer that the famous Yoda said it best, “Do or do not, there is no try”.

Christopher McKee
HVAC/R Instructor

A 4 year veteran of the United States Marine Corp, Infantry Lance Corporal Christopher McKee has been working in the HVAC/R field for the past 18 years. Between school and ‘on the job’ training, Christopher’s expertise lies within sheet metal and working on roof top units on tall city buildings. Christopher encourages his students to stay motivated and to set goals for themselves. He agrees with Vince Lombardi in saying; “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

Jerry Ray
HVAC/R Instructor

For the past 40 years, Jerry Ray has dedicated his professional career to the HVAC/R industry. The one thing that keeps Jerry going is when he sees a student ‘get it’. Jerry is a true believer in supporting students and teaching them that their actions will shape them in the future. He emphasizes to his students, just as Bill Parsons did to his players, “You are what your record says you are”.

Joe Trimble
HVAC/R Instructor

Joe began his HVAC/R career after graduating from ETI in 1999. For the past 15 years, Joe has worked for various companies and quickly learned that installation is where he is most proficient. Joe is EPA 608 Universal Certified and is a Qualified Gastite Installer.

David Camareno
HVAC/R Instructor

David is our instructor with the most years teaching HVAC/R at ETI with 23 years under his belt. With a total of 41 years’ experience in the field, David’s career has been nothing but successful. David is also certified by HVAC Excellence as a Refrigeration Commercial Educator, an Electric Heat Educator, a Commercial Air Conditioning Educator, and a Technical Educator.

Peggy Platz
Skilled Welder Instructor

Ray Winesburg
Skilled Welder Instructor

Ray Winesburg is our most seasoned welding instructor with 35 plus years’ experience under his belt. Ray is certified in TIG welding stainless steel, MIG welding mild steel, and MIG welding Flex Core. He has spent the last 3 years at ETI teaching students the skill and art of MIG welding. Ray believes that you must fail before you can succeed. He tells his students, “Failure is the measure of success.”

Mosen Davanipour
HVAC/R Instructor

Mosen Davanipour has been teaching at ETI for 19 years. Mosen’s passion lies within HVAC design for the commercial industry. Mosen enjoys teaching because he helps the students see the end result and encourages them to start their own business. He teaches his students to stay honest and always ask; what, why, when, how, where, and who, that is what will make them successful.

Tom Davis
Skilled Welder Instructor

Tom Davis brings 30 years of welding experience to the students at ETI. He is motivated by watching a student be successful by using the tools and skills he has taught them. Tom agrees with when Confucius said, “If you chose a job you love, will never work a day in your life.”


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