Josh Menz, Dansville, recently competed in a nationwide competition of HVAC detailers in Las Vegas, Nev. After winning the regional competition in January, it was no surprise when he placed third in the nation.

Josh Menz, Dansville, recently competed in a nationwide competition of HVAC detailers in Las Vegas, Nev. After winning the regional competition in January, it was no surprise when he placed third in the nation.


Menz described his work as taking the plans of architects and engineers and fitting them into a three-dimensional model. Using computer-aided HVAC drafting programs, detailers fit duct and other heating and cooling components around steel framing, water, sewer, electrical and other utilities.


Menz said the competition in Las Vegas was a challenge. After the first day, he was not sure of his ranking, but day two proved to me much better.


“It was about five days of work that had to be done in two days,” he said. “It was a tough — very tough — competition.”


The top competitors from each of 12 regions across the country competed in the contest. Menz said the top three were within six points on a 200-point scale.


“I ended up winning $1,000 cash,” he said.


Menz added that he faced 40-year professionals.


“I’ve been doing CAD for about 10 years and I’ve been doing detailing for five or six,” he said.


At age 15, Menz started working at Leo J. Roth Corporation stocking shelves. After college, he joined the union and became a detailer.


“I kind of fell into it,” he said.


Menz teaches CAD and drafting two nights a week to other union members.


Though he works in the Rochester area, Menz lives in Dansville. He said he likes to be close to his native Wayland.


“I tried the city, but I couldn’t take it,” he said.


Menz is an avid motorcycle rider and director of American Legion Riders Chapter 905.