Trane Day

March 31, 2015

Topeka, Kansas, March 31, 2015 - Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand, hosted Trane Day at Washburn Tech on Tuesday morning. Local Trane leaders and technicians gathered to educate nearly 70 Washburn Tech students on practical skills associated with securing a job after graduation.

Washburn Tech Dean, Clark Coco, opened the morning with an inspiring anecdote about a relationship that launched his career path. Coco told students, “You never know who you might meet who will make a difference in your life. Today you will meet people from Trane and I encourage you to make sure they know your name and what your goals might be.”

Students had the unique opportunity to learn from and interact with Trane leadership. Attendees learned more about Trane and what they are looking for in a potential employee. Human Resources leader Wendy Hawkins discussed the type of skills, education, leadership, and job experience required to secure a job with Trane. She also shared tips for a successful interview, type of jobs available with Trane and how to apply.

Hawkins emphasized the importance of creating a good first impression. “I can’t stress to you enough whether it’s your resume or your interview your first impression is truly your lasting impression.” Hawkins continued, “I’ve looked at thousands of resumes in my life. When I look at someone who didn’t take the time to check their resume for errors I question whether they will take the time to do their job correctly.

During the last hour of the morning students participated in focus groups to learn more about sales, engineering, and HVAC technician jobs with Trane. Trane technician Rick Prockish shared his career path and advice for students interested in pursuing a technician career. Prockish inspired students with his passion and excitement for his job.

Prockish told students, “My job is never boring. I get up every day and I’m excited to go to work. I never know what it’s going to be like. It’s challenging.”

Trane leaders share what employers are looking for in an employee and provide tips on how to make a good first impression. (Pictured left to right: Wendy Hawkins, Trane Human Resources Leader; Corey Emmons, Trane Area Service Manager; Shane Dempsey, Trane Area Contracting Manager)


 About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit or