Our Team

Kevin Traut

Administrative Director
HVAC Technical Educator, Skilled Trades Instructor

Father of 2, lived in 7 US states and 3 foreign countries, lived in Rochester, NY area since 2001, former US Army Pathfinder.

  • 21 Years HVAC Service
  • 16 NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certifications
    • Gas heating, Air Conditioning, Heat Pump, Hydronics, Oil Heating, Oil Hydronics, Airflow Distribution, Senior Energy Analyst (S+I), CHP-5
  • 5 ESCO-HVAC Excellence Educator SME Certifications
    • Gas Heating, Electrical, Electric Heat, Air Conditioning, Technical Educator
  • NORA Silver Certification
  • Chairman, North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
  • Instructor – Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)
  • BA – Arizona State
  • Licensed AZ General Contractor
  • Apprenticeship Plumbing Educator
  • Apprenticeship Plumbing Steamfitter Educator
  • Isaac Heating Jake Clontz Technical Excellence Award

Walt Timerson

Assistant Director of Training
HVAC Technical Educator

  • 11 Years HVAC Service and Install
    • 5 Years HVAC Field Trainer
  • 7 Years Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Experience
    • 5 Years Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Field Trainer
  • 12 NATE Certifications
    • Heat Pump, Hydronics, Gas Heating, Air Conditioning, Oil Hydronics and Oil Heating
  • 4 ESCO Educator Certifications
    • Gas Heating, Air Conditioning, Oil Heating, Electric Heating
  • 4 ESCO Professional Certifications
    • Electrical and AC Technology, Electric Heat, Gas Heat, Heat Pump Service
  • Backflow Prevention Certification
  • Apprenticeship Plumbing Educator
  • Apprenticeship Plumbing Steamfitter Educator
  • NORA Gold Certification

Marcos Guerrero

Assistant Skilled Trades Instructor

  • Dominican raised in Puerto Rico and NYC, Rochester native since 2012 and proud father of three  
  • Certified as an Abatement Supervisor 
  • Certified Project Monitor 
  • Certified Air Technician  
  • One year in house remodeling 
  • Graduate of the Golisano Construction Technology Training Program 

Tim Smith

Skilled Trades & HVAC Instructor

  • 5 years HVAC Service
    • 4 years HVAC Field Trainer
  • 13 NATE Certifications
    • Heat Pump, Hydronics, Gas Heating, Air Conditioning, Oil Hydronics, Oil Heating (S+I), HVAC Support Technician
  • 2 ESCOHVAC Excellence Professional Certifications
    • Electrical and AC Technology, Residential Air Conditioning, Heat Pump Service
  • 5 ESCO- HVAC Excellence Educator Certifications
    • Air Conditioning, Electrical, Technical Educator, Electric Heat, Gas Heat
  • 5 years of house rehab (Business Owner)

Clair Schroeder

ITEC Coordinator

  • Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology and Communication
  • 7-years Experience in Grant Writing and Program Development
  • 6-years Experience in Business Development
  • OSHA 10 Certified
  • Proctor of ESCO and NATE exams
  • Member of Rochester Builder Exchange’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
  • Member of University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men’s Career and Technical Education Steering Committee