Trane Day at Washburn Tech prepares students with practical job skills

March 31, 2015, Topeka, Kansas – 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.”

DSCN0782Trane 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)