Patricia Bellotti, Affil.AIRAH
Why is HVAC&R important?
Lord Kelvin is referred to when we speak of temperature and thermodynamics. I don’t deal with the technical side of this trade, so I won’t pretend to know. What I do know is that, sadly, the talent and intellect Lord Kelvin possessed was never handed down to any children – he had none. I do have children, and his efforts in this space affect my family.
I work in the delivery aspects of HVAC&R. Many people take for granted the role it plays in physically keeping our families warm or cool. We call it being “comfortable”, but it is more than that. When I hear a siren in the rainy night, I know my kids are “comfortable” in their beds. When the weather has snapped cold, my family is “comfortable” in our warm home. When we see or hear the stories of the homeless, I know my family is “comfortable” no matter the season.
These situations spark emotion and feelings of relief and gratitude, I don’t take HVAC&R for granted.
What do you do, and what is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
As a project manager, the most satisfying aspect of my work is the collaborative nature of site work. We are all there to provide a successful, first-class installation, and relationships are built on tough times, lasting for ages to come. My teams are knowledgeable and hardworking, and we always deliver quality.
What will you be doing to celebrate World Refrigeration Day?
I would love to be able to show the History Channel’s Aussie Inventions That Changed the World episode on James Harrison to my work mates in our meeting room over some morning tea.