20190627_141331Joseph Michael Mitchell, is one Grenada’s longest standing, active technician in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.  His service to the sector dates back as far as 1972, when he entered the Grenada Technical and Vocational Institute (GTVI) to pursue the program in refrigeration and air conditioning. Forty seven (47) years later, he is still actively pursuing this career.

Upon completing his studies at GTVI in 1975, he immediately gained employment with Jonas Browne and Hubbards, one of the leading appliance suppliers, as a service technician. Like a bedrock, he remained with Hubbards until his retirement in 2019.  At Hubbard’s he climbed to the position of Senior Technician and Supervisor with responsibility for installation, repair maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air-condition equipment in the commercial department.

In 2006, himself together with some other stalwarts in the field and with support from the National Ozone Unit (NOU), founded the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). He was elected as the first President of GRAVA and served in that capacity for six consecutive years, from 2006 to 2012.  Currently, he is the treasurer of the Association.

He has also been engaged as a training consultant, providing training for technicians in Suriname, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Barbados and Grenada.  Mr. Mitchell is considered as one of the main pioneers in the introduction of Hydrocarbons – R-290 refrigerants  in AC units in Grenada and the region.  He is an advocate for natural refrigerants and has been involved in training technicians in safe use of hydrocarbons and retrofitting of equipment.

Forty seven (47) years later he has kept himself abreast with all the technological 20190627_141218advancements in the sector and has completed several courses and certifications.

Forty seven (47) years later, on the occasion of the first World Refrigeration Day celebration, the honor was bestowed upon him, as he was presented with a Lifetime Award from the National Ozone Unit, for uninterrupted service and outstanding contribution to the refrigeration and air conditioning sector in Grenada.