Program: Heating and Ventilation,
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Tony Amadio is a mechanical engineer with a specialty in heat transfer theory and fluid. But it was his experience as a first-time homeowner that sparked an interest in the HVACR field.
"It was a new home, and we were having a lot of heat pump issues. It would sometimes cool adequately in the summer, and most often not heat in the winter," he said. "I paid a lot of money for several contractors to tell me what was wrong and what they could do. Finally, I was able to figure out the answer on my own -- small duct work, no balancing dampers and poor installation. But I was waiting to pay the right contractor to give me the right answer, and that never happened."
Amadio decided to study HVACR further and became a certified ACCA HVACR System Designer who does the calculations for equipment and duct sizing. He even took a few HVACR courses at College of DuPage with professors Jim Janich and Mark Munguia and an Accounting course for enjoyment. Now he's teaching for the first time in the College's HVACR program and thoroughly enjoying it.
"As an undergraduate, I did some tutoring in the math and engineering courses. As a graduate teaching assistant, I was teaching an engineering measurements lab. I was also an assistant coach of high school wrestling for a few years," he said. "I have always enjoyed teaching. It is the most rewarding feeling to see others succeed and to know that you have played some small part in helping that happen."
Amadio is employed full-time as a technology engineer at SunCoke Energy in Lisle, which produces metallurgical coke to sell to the iron- and steel-making companies for the production of steel. He works on thermal and mechanical problems at existing coke plants and on new design technologies for new coke plants and/or new equipment and upgrades.
His work as an engineer translates well to the classroom, where he wants his students to become better problem solvers and be more technical in their field of expertise.
"After working a few years and receiving engineering training from others, I have learned that I, the individual, must learn and adapt to be successful," he said. "I want my students to know that they must be the ones to apply themselves and study to learn and take on new methods and ideas but to never be afraid of failure. Fear of failing or not being good at something holds us back.
"There are a lot of people who have made such an impact in my life and made me who I am today: my parents, my grandparents, my coaches, my teachers and some very dear friends. Each of them helps me tweak myself because there were some amazing qualities about them that I wanted to be just like."