Instructors

Learn from leaders in your field–from your community! Instructors at PPATEC are local members of the PA energy industry that have decades of experience in the field. PPATEC instructors have completed many master craftsman certifications and have held various positions over the courses of their careers. We are proud to work with them to help teach and support the next generation of oil heat and energy industry professionals in Pennsylvania.


Alan Mercurio, master technician, industry author, consultant, educator, trainer, and proctor.

Alan Mercurio

Alan has over 28 years of industry experience in various roles including service technician, equipment sales, and service manager. Today, he is an industry author, consultant, educator, trainer, and proctor. He holds certificates as a Master Technician in the State of Pennsylvania and Silver Certificate from the PPA. He is NORA Gold Certified, and is EPA Certified by the VGI Training Center as a Type I and Type II Air Conditioning Technician. He’s the past President and Founder of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of OESP (formerly NAOHSM) and is currently on OESP’S Education Committee and a sub-committee for NORA.


Ed Howell: 40 years’ experience, certification in A/C, HP, Gas Furnace, and Oil and Gas Hydronics.

Ed Howell

Ed brings over 40 years of industry experience to the PPATEC technical training program. Ed began his career working for a Pennsylvania HVAC company for nearly two decades. He has spent the last 25 years at APR Supply, where his responsibilities included managing training efforts for their 30+ locations. Ed’s credentials include Nortek TSA, NATE Certification in four disciplines (A/C, HP, Gas Furnace, and Oil and Gas Hydronics). He is also a member of RSES and his local OESP chapter.


Norm Anger

Norm has spent over three decades as a state trooper, including 25 years as a sergeant assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. His primary areas of focus included directing officers engaged in roadside inspections, commercial vehicle accidents, and hazmat incident investigations. Norm has also served as an Associate Staff Lead Instructor for the National Training Center in Washington, D.C. The National Training Center is the education branch of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration responsible for training both state and federal roadside inspectors throughout the United States.


Eric H. Leskinen

A veteran of the industry, Eric has over 30 years of experience with career progression from field operations to corporate direction. He has designed, managed, and executed safety training and compliance programs for multi-state companies with up to 1,100 employees. He is a true compliance and safety specialist and is currently using his background and skill set to develop and provide valuable propane safety training services to help marketers improve their compliance and overall efficiency.


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