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HVAC Students Gain Powder-Actuated Tool Experience

Academy Training Gets Students Career Ready

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Nick DeBlanco’s HVAC students at Milliken Tech are learning to use powder-actuated tools. These are nail guns that drive fasteners into hard surfaces such as steel and concrete (to join them with other materials) using small, controlled explosive discharges. The discharge is similar to that of ammunition in a firearm. This tool saves users the time of drilling holes into hard surfaces. After they are trained, each student will receive an operator’s certificate from Hilti or Ramset, the two largest manufacturers of these tools, which will look great in their portfolios when they enter the job market.


Said DeBlanco, “My students are learning how to use this category of tools properly and safely. They will understand what to expect and how to avoid misuse. This will make them more valuable as employees after high school.”


The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, referred to as the Academy, is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. Milliken Tech is located on the Oakdale campus.