Trane Center Of Excellence

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Trane Center of Excellence

  • Collaboration between Kenedy ISD, Trane, Coastal Bend College, and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) – One of only 10 to be built in Texas!

    • Coastal Bend College provides the curriculum and course instructors

    • Trane provides engineering and design of the labs

    • NC3 provides training for the instructors and the national certifications

  • Coastal Bend College, along with Kenedy ISD, will apply for a grant through the Jobs & Education for Texas (JET) program.

  • Bond covers the cost of renovating the old middle school building to meet the requirements of the lab spaces, as well as the cost of the equipment.

  • Specialized labs and classrooms that will house Coastal Bend College’s programs for:

    • Residential Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVACR)

    • Commercial Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVACR)

    • Building Automation Systems (BAS)

  • Students from Kenedy ISD, other area school districts, and surrounding communities will be able to pursue:

    • Nationally-recognized NC3 certifications

    • Dual credit courses

    • Associate’s degree in HVAC

    • Continuing education

Residential/Commercial HVAC Outlook

  • Because HVACR systems have become increasingly complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship.

  • Quick facts:

    • 2016 Median Pay: $45,910 per year
      $22.07 per hour

    • No. of Jobs: 292,000 (2014)

    • Job Outlook: 14% (Much faster than average)

    • Employment Change: +39,600 (2014-2024)
      Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor –
      Occupational Employment Statistics Survey

Building Automation System Installation

  • Average building automation salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience, and benefits.

  • Average Salary by BAS Job:

    • Mechanical Engineer: $59,938 per year

    • Project Engineer: $61,969 per year

    • Control/Automation Technician: $62,334 per year

    • Controls Engineer: $62,400 per year

    • Automation Engineer: $63,423 per year

    • Control Systems Engineer: $69,127 per year

    • Software Engineer: $69,873 per year

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