FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Trane’s “Engineering Better Careers, Engineering Better Environments”
Challenges College Students to Think Outside the Cubicle
Piscataway, N.J. (Oct. 6, 2008) — By the year 2015, the heating, ventilation and air
conditioning (HVAC) industry will be short roughly 700,000 engineers – with more than
70 percent of energy services companies expecting their future to be impacted by
shortages of skilled personnel.
That’s why Trane is introducing an innovative program called “Engineering Better
Careers, Engineering Better Environments™,” as a way to attract graduating college
students to the HVAC industry and to the company.
The program is designed to connect Trane’s senior executives with college engineering
students looking to make a difference in the built environment, today.
Trane teams with top engineering schools across the United States to engage students
in the issues important to their careers like the environment, energy use and business
ethics. It also creates experiences for students that better prepare them for the business
world including sponsoring clubs, events, internships and limited scholarships as well as
providing software and lab equipment at reduced rates. Some of the institutions include:
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Iowa State University, and California Polytechnic
Institute to name a few.
“Trane offers engineering graduates the unique opportunity to apply their engineering
skills to create business advantages for building owners and operators,” said John W.
Conover, president of Trane’s commercial business in the Americas. “Graduates that
join Trane have the opportunity to work with consulting engineers, architects, contractors
and owners to design and apply the world’s most advanced line of commercial HVAC
systems – and make an environmental and economic impact today.”
After graduation, new hires participate in Trane’s Graduate Training Program, which
combines five months of intensive technical and business training in La Crosse, Wis.,
with six months of on-the-job mentoring in a pre-determined location.
Students can also take advantage of 12-week, paid technical sales internships designed
to give undergraduates a clearer understanding of the HVAC industry, along with an
opportunity to strengthen their skills through customer visits, presentations, hands-on
assignments and online idea sharing.
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Trane President Visits Purdue University
Conover will visit Purdue University on Oct. 7 as the next stop on the fall 2008 visibility
tour. While on campus, he will speak to students and meet with faculty and university
leaders to listen, learn and discuss issues ranging from the future of the HVAC industry
and alternative career opportunities like technical sales to energy efficiency and
Conover is the president of Trane’s commercial systems business in the Americas. He
has been in the HVAC industry for almost 30 years, where he has witnessed major shifts
in Americans’ expectations for indoor air quality and comfort. During his tenure with
Trane, he has played an integral role in developing methods to better understand
customer expectations and market needs such as the growing search for energy
Conover earned a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from Lehigh
University and is a registered professional engineer.
Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), provides systems and services that
enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. The business offers a
broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; dehumidifying and air
cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and
financing solutions including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy
savings. Trane’s systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential,
institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a
powerful distribution network. The business has more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more
information, visit www.trane.com and www.americanstandardair.com.
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