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With buildings responsible for almost half of of the world’s energy consumption and 40 percent of that attributed to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, the HVAC industry has become a key focus area for businesses and organizations challenged to manage costs and preserve the environment. As a result, the industry is going through a transformation with more emphasis being placed on renewable energy sources, advanced technologies and energy saving strategies.

As this dynamic industry is changing, it’s creating new, exciting opportunities for professionally trained and certified technicians … professionals who can help businesses run more efficiently, lower operational costs, be more productive and reduce their environmental impact.

Filling the Workforce Development Gap

Recognizing a need to fill a gap between technician education and the skills needed in the workforce, Trane became a proud partner of NC3. As an integral partner of NC3, Trane helps schools with great residential and commercial HVAC labs to provide students with specialized training, using the latest, most advanced equipment and sophisticated controls systems to create real life scenarios for hands-on learning.

History of the Partnership

For Trane, filling the gap between technician education and workforce skills is not just a need, it is a responsibility. This commitment to our industry led Trane to become one of the original corporate sponsors of the NC3 organization.

Value of the Partnership

Our partnership with NC3 helps to develop qualified technicians and operators with the right skills to grow and sustain the industry. The program also allows Trane to have a positive impact on technical education and workforce development in the energy efficiency and sustainability industry.

Future of the Partnership

To keep up with the growing demands of the dynamic HVAC industry, Trane seeks to work closely with schools and students in order to have a positive impact on the industry and communities around the country.

Transform Your Program

Trane takes a holistic approach to campus performance. We’ll help you transform your buildings into a tangible representation of higher education that values sustainability, affordability and higher learning. NC3 Leadership School members are provided with expert consultation – from the tools and equipment, to facility planning, faculty training, and the support necessary for NC3 certification programs.

List of Certifications Offered

NC3 Certifications:
  • Give technical school students exceptional hands-on experience in state-of-the-art learning environments
  • Provide access to the most current, relevant curriculum available
  • Are taught in well-equipped labs
  • Help address skilled workforce needs regionally and nationally

Current NC3 Building Automation Systems (BAS) Certifications
  • BAS - 1: Intro to HVAC Systems, Building Control
  • BAS - 2: Automation, Spaces, Equipment, Security
  • BAS - 3: Set Points, Scheduling, Area & VAS, Points
  • BAS - 4: Chiller Plant Control, Alarms, Events
  • BAS - 5: Data Logs, Reports, Backup

Current NC3 Residential HVAC Certifications
  • Airflow
  • Refrigeration Diagnostics
  • Variable Speed Motors
  • Air-to-Air Heat Pumps

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Where Can I Use These Certifications?

Commercial HVAC
  • Building Energy Management
  • Building Controls Operation
  • Building Report Analysis
Residential HVAC
  • Home HVAC System Installation and Retrofit
  • Home HVAC Optimization
  • Home HVAC Maintenance

Northeast Community College:
Featured Case Study

Northeast Community College

Case Studies

Click on the links below to read all about how Trane was able to transform these schools into world class programs.

Trane Technicians, Everyday Heroes

Trane Service and Controls Technicians are the core of our Service business. These everyday heroes work both inside and outside of customer buildings to install, start-up, inspect, maintain, repair, upgrade and replace HVAC systems and Controls. Please check out our video.

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Trane Energy Services

Whether it’s to increase capacity, be more sustainable, improve comfort, or reduce risk and volatility we take a holistic approach to energy. We help navigate energy purchasing strategies, energy sourcing, storage, consumption, and optimize overall grid network efficiency. We do this with over a 100 years of buildings and energy experience, cutting edge technology, and dedicated people to help advise and see it through to results.

Gateway Technical College Case Study

Gateway Technical College and Trane joined forces to replace aging equipment with new, operationally reliable energy-efficient systems and collaborate on their common goal of advancing career and technical training by establishing advanced HVAC classrooms and working labs, otherwise known as a Center of Excellence (CoE), to improve desired outcomes for their graduates.

  • Every student can benefit from Trane’s NC3 data analytics certifications because data analytics is a universal skill that promotes modern day problem-solving using data. Critical and analytical thinking is needed on the production floor, in the control room, in the board room and everywhere in between.
    Michael Hines, Trane National Director Education Initiatives
  • We at Trane are proud to work with NC3 to advance the cause of career and technical education.  To help people find their way to meaningful and prosperous work, advancing not only themselves but also their communities.
    Pat Archambault, Trane Education Program Manager
  • As the energy landscape  continues to evolve, there are significant opportunities for people with technical education to play a key role in helping build a more resilient and sustainable future.  The NC3/Trane partnership offers a clear path to gaining needed skills and developing expertise to join the dynamic energy industry ecosystem.
    Maria Rakova, Trane Education Vertical Market Leader