Ron Lucier, ASNT NDT Level III – TIR
Sr. Instructor – ITC
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For much of the year ITC instructors are on the road running certification classes at a variety of locations, including a number of onsite courses that are less expensive and more convenient for customers. We look forward to these trips as there are many fun and interesting places to go and teach. The hotels where we stay for these types of classes, however, can sometimes deliver unexpected surprises as happened to me recently at an onsite course in central Pennsylvania.
When I made my reservation it was with a major chain and within a mile of the customer site – perfect! No traffic jams to deal with and a shopping center with restaurants a mile away. It was expensive, but this is summer and with a major amusement park 20 miles away, and in the middle of Penn Dutch country, well, best to grin and bear it!
I drove from Central Massachusetts arriving just before a huge thunderstorm. I wasn’t in my first floor room for more than 5 minutes when the rain suddenly hit, hard! It was during this torrential downpour that I began to hear something rather odd – water dripping. Looking around the room the source of the noise was the window and it wasn’t simply dripping – it was pouring in right near the air conditioner! I shut the unit off because I know electricity and water probably shouldn’t mix. I immediately called the Front Desk and was told Maintenance would be around soon.