Ingersoll Rand donates training equipment to TJC Energy Center

Feb 29, 2016 by

Ingersoll Rand’s residential HVAC business, manufacturers of Trane and American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning equipment, donated 16 residential split systems to TJC’s Energy Center, located on the TJC West Campus.

Equipment donated to TJC by Ingersoll Rand will better prepare HVAC students to enter the workforce. Pictured from left: Dr. Clayton Allen, former TJC associate vice president for instruction; Burt Wallace, TJC HVAC program coordinator and professor; Bryan Baker, TJC industrial trades department chair; Ted Crabtree, Ingersoll Rand Tyler plant manager; and Rhamy Morrison, Ingersoll Rand sales force development manager.

Equipment donated to TJC by Ingersoll Rand will better prepare HVAC students to enter the workforce. Pictured from left: Dr. Clayton Allen, former TJC associate vice president for instruction; Burt Wallace, TJC HVAC program coordinator and professor; Bryan Baker, TJC industrial trades department chair; Ted Crabtree, Ingersoll Rand Tyler plant manager; and Rhamy Morrison, Ingersoll Rand sales force development manager.

The equipment was added to a new HVAC lab for technical training in TJC’s state-of-the-art facility. The systems are in the 3-ton range and are applied as heat pumps and air conditioning systems with electric heat or gas heating appliances.

These systems are all current production and range from 14 SEER standard to 20 SEER variable speed heat pumps and air conditioners complete with various filtration applications and modern comfort controls and sensors.

The estimated value of Ingersoll Rand’s residential HVAC contribution exceeds $80,000.

“Training on the proper repair and maintenance of today’s heating and air conditioning equipment is essential to providing adequate support,” said Ted Crabtree, manager for Ingersoll Rand’s Tyler plant. “We have a strong partnership with TJC that has been in place for many years. Providing this latest equipment to the new Energy Center is a win-win for our company and TJC students.”

Dr. Clayton Allen, then-TJC associate vice president for instruction, said the donation will greatly enhance the program’s ability to prepare graduates of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program for good-paying jobs.

“The Energy Center has provided this program twice the space it previously enjoyed in the Regional Training and Development Center,” he said.

“This donation allows us to move today’s best HVAC equipment into training rooms for the benefit of tomorrow’s technicians.”


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