Gateway Technical College collaborated with Trane to design and install six new energy systems training labs at its Kenosha, Wis., campus.
The state-of-the-art educational facilities were developed to address the growing demand for HVAC technicians, officials said.
Bryan Albrecht, Gateway college president, said he believes the new labs will help provide skilled workers to the HVAC industry.
“This is significant for the college,” Albrecht said. “We see employers in these job markets calling for technicians with skills that go beyond HVAC. Employers are looking for skills in operating those systems in a sustainable manner.”
The new labs are equipped with Trane HVAC equipment, including residential, commercial and industrial heating and cooling; building automation; refrigeration; renewable energy systems; and geothermal technology.
Gateway students who have trained in the labs will know how to efficiently run HVAC systems using the latest technology, and are also equipped to take on careers in wind and solar, school officials said.
“In addition to the new and emerging careers in wind and solar energy systems, others exist, which have been re-evaluated or recreated because of the need for technicians with technology skills, or the ability to run systems sustainably,” Albrecht added.
Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis., has six new HVAC trainings labs that feature Trane equipment.