About the instructor
Vernon Petersen is the instructor for all classes sponsored by M.O.V. Training Services. He is also the owner of M.O.V. Training Services and the sponsor of these classes.
Vern Petersen has worked with Honeywell Inc.'s Home and Building Control Training Services (H&BCTS) since August of 1984. When Vern started with Honeywell Inc., he was a full time employee teaching mechanical systems to building operating engineers. In 1986 Vern started working as a contract instructor for ACS Global Training Services teaching the same mechanical systems classes. This included classes on pneumatic controls, electric and electronic controls, reciprocating cooling systems, centrifugal chillers, absorber chillers, all types of airhandlers, air balancing, boiler operation and maintenance, burner controls and boiler efficiency. Vern has taught classes to refrigeration technicians in preparation for the Refrigeration Certification exam and proctored the test (with higher passing rates than the national average Vern adds!) Vern teaches classes all over the United States and Canada. Past class locations include government military installations, universities (including Yale), auto assembly plants, RSES groups, Canadian military bases, community colleges, technical colleges, Honeywell branch offices and at Honeywell Inc.'s ACS Global Training Services training facility. Since 1997, Vern has specialized in teaching classes on the EXCEL 5000 and LCBS System product lines of controllers, and the associated software programs, including SymmetrE, CARE, LonSpec, LonStation, RapidZone, WebVision. Vern is now an Authorized Training Provider for Honeywell's XL5000 and LCBS system. Vern has also acted as the Honeywell's Industry Representative on pneumatic controls at the annual United Association union training session in Ann Arbor MI.
In January 2007, Vern approached Tridium about becoming part of the Tridium's Niagara AX Certification program. It took Vern 11 months to convince them to allow him to become part of the Tridium training family, but persistence paid off. As of April 2010, Vern was training and certifying almost twice as many students as all the other independent training organizations combined! Most of the training demand that Vern is satisfying now revolves around the Niagara AX system from Tridium.
Vern is married to Jennifer, a wonderful woman who has faithfully (yet sometimes reluctantly) accepted the travel required to teach for the classes offered by M.O.V. Training Services LLC. Vern and Jennifer have a beautiful 16 year old son named Jeremy. Jeremy is an excellent student and has won the science fair at school three times. Jeremy is also a Green Sash in Shaolin Kung Fu and is now studying the Kwong Sai Jook Lum version of Southern Praying Mantis (with his dad), and is on the Anoka High School swimming team. Jeremy has a little brother named Nicholas (12 years old). Also an excellent student, Nicky is fond of playing soccer and video games and is also studing Shaolin Kung Fu. Both boys are great big brothers to their little sister Elanor (7 years old). Elanor is a beautiful little girl who is very curious about everything. She's playing soccer and helping Mom in the Mary Kay business and is also studying Shaolin Kung Fu. A Shepard / Lab mix puppy (OK, she's a grown dog now!) named Willow, a pseudo dog named Pepper (Yorkie Chihuahua mix) round out the Petersen family.
Vern also has been involved in wax sculpture since 1977. In his spare time (Jen would dispute that there is any of this!) Vern creates is wax sculptures to sell in his shop at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Vern also sells his work retail by mail order. If you're interested, take a peak at a candle! In the remaining spare time Vern has, he is working on restoring a 1957 Corvette!