Trane is hiring at its Pueblo manufacturing plant for assembly tech positions
Trane is hiring 64 new workers at it’s commercial heating, ventilating and air-conditioning manufacturing location, 101 William White Blvd., in Pueblo but finding willing workers has proven to be a challenge.
"We've asked our temp agency for at least 64 employees to come start with us and they are bringing in classes of like two or three to take our two-day safety course. I have noticed companies talking about it so it’s not just us,” said Corrina Maldonado, production supervisor and community outreach leader for Trane.
“It seems like we are competing with unemployment and that is something I never thought I would hear."
Temporary assembly techs start at $14.50 an hour and receive a raise to $15 after three months. After the first 90 days, techs are eligible for a more permanent position and can move up to various jobs within the company, from welder to fork lift operator.
“Assembly techs can be wiring some panels, brazing — that's where they are heating pipe to put a flux on it and fusing them together — or just assembling parts onto a unit. The assembly goes from your base rail at the beginning all the way to final assembly where you are installing the panel,” Maldonado explained.
The job is a Monday through Friday gig with every other Saturday being a mandatory overtime day.
Production Line Supervisor James Bradley said, “we try and keep it pretty basic for our entry level assembly techs. We have a training program we go through so they are shadowed with a trainer for the first week after they do their safety classes.”
Bradley said there are ample opportunities for workers to advance.
“I myself started as a temporary assembly tech about 15 years ago and then I got into the welding area, then became a team lead welder and now I am an assembly manager,” Bradley explained.
Trane’s in-house welding program is free and trains employees through 19 different welding certifications, including pressure-vessel welding. Other workers are trained in the in-house machining area, Bradley said.
Trane has been in business for 34 years and has about 400 employees. The company did not experience a slowdown during the COVID pandemic.
“If anything we picked up orders. We do build the commercial air conditioners so those go on office buildings, hospitals and schools.
"At the very beginning of the outbreak we moved all the hospitals up and made them the priority,” Maldonado explained.
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