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Lead Engineer, Thermal Systems

Company: Trane Technologies
Location: La Crosse
Posted on: June 8, 2024

Job Description:

Job DescriptionAt Trane TechnologiesTM and through our businesses including Trane® and Thermo King®, we create innovative climate solutions for buildings, homes, and transportation that challenge what's possible for a sustainable world. We're a team that dares to look at the world's challenges and see impactful possibilities. We believe in a better future when we uplift others and enable our people to thrive at work and at home. We boldly go.

We are currently hiring a Lead Engineer, Thermal Systems who will be responsible for the thermal sciences in the analysis and evaluation of systems that produce a refrigerating, heat pumping, air-conditioning, or heating function. Thermodynamics is the foremost discipline, augmented with heat and mass transfer along with fluid dynamics. This role influences the Advanced Technologies and SBU customers in developing next generation refrigerant technologies for the entire Trane Technologies applications portfolio. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and experience in refrigerant systems for heating and cooling applications as well as not-kind-technologies.

Thrive at work and at home:


  • Benefits kick in on DAY ONE for you and your family, including health insurance and holistic wellness programs that include generous incentives – WE DARE TO CARE!
  • Family building benefits include fertility coverage and adoption/surrogacy assistance.
  • 401K match up to 6%, plus an additional 2% core contribution = up to 8% company contribution.
  • Paid time off, including in support of volunteer and parental leave needs.
  • Educational and training opportunities through company programs along with tuition assistance and student debt support.
  • Learn more about our benefits here!


    This position is eligible for a Hybrid work schedule (3 or more days onsite a week) and will be based out of our Davidson, NC or La Crosse, WI office location.

    Responsibilities:

    • Support development and enable implementation of the next generation of refrigerants with low environmental impacts covering all product areas. Gather information about prospective refrigerants from refrigerant manufacturers, review of technical and patent literature, and other sources.
    • Develop and/or utilize tools to model the thermodynamic properties of prospective refrigerants. Conduct analyses to evaluate and screen refrigerant candidates for further development. Along with Correlating and describing the properties of refrigerant/lubricant mixtures.
    • Direct laboratory testing of units to determine performance of candidate refrigerants in real equipment. Process data to fully understand and interpret performance characteristics.
    • Prepare reports and presentation for internal dissemination of information. Prepare and present technical papers for external audiences to support the company's strategic directions. Support other technology areas requiring a foundation in thermal sciences, especially the thermodynamics of mixtures.
    • Evaluation of desiccant dehumidification, both liquid and solid, for air conditioning purposes. And modeling and evaluation of other sorption processes.
    • Evaluation of new and innovative technologies including but not limited to Not-in-kind heating and cooling technologies as they appear for potential commercial value, either as disruptive competition or prospective new products or services for the company.
    • Product knowledge for air conditioning, heat pump and/or refrigeration equipment from development experience with heat exchangers, compressors and overall systems. Lead and support external project collaborations with universities and other opportunities (DOE, etc.).



      Qualifications:

      • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or chemical engineering with a minimum of 5 years experience a requirement, with advanced degrees (MSc+ 3 years of experience, PhD preferred).
      • Internally and externally recognized subject matter expert in refrigerants and thermal systems.
      • Strong understanding of the principles of fundamental thermodynamics. Understanding of the equations of state for describing the thermodynamic properties of refrigerants, including mixtures and knowledge in fluid mechanics.
      • Strong foundation in single-phase and phase-change (boiling and condensation) convective heat and mass transfer. Knowledge of conductive and radiative heat transfer.
      • Strong understanding of the vapor compression cycle and component performance characteristics.
      • Understanding of chemistry and chemical reactions.
      • Capability to build computational tools (Excel, Matlab, Python) to execute evaluations and analyses of data.
      • Ability to formulate a problem, efficiently execute an analysis, and clearly summarize conclusions and recommendations. Develop intellectual property in collaboration with the research and development team to strengthen company strategy and position.
      • Solid skills for writing reports and papers and presenting relevant material to others.
      • Ability to interact and communicate with others in a collegial manner.
      • Excellent verbal, written, presentation and interpersonal skills. Able to convey business implications of complex technical findings and externally represent the best interests of the company.
      • Knowledge in Refrigerant and Lubricant Systems, in HVACR systems also desired.
      • Research and intellectual property portfolio management experience with a track record of patents and publications a plus.
      • Experience in working with global teams.


        Base Pay Range: $110,000 to $145,000.

        Additional Compensation: Total compensation for this role also will include an incentive plan.

        Disclaimer: This "range" could be a result of seniority, merit, geographic location where the work is performed, education, experience, travel requirements for the job, or because of a system the employer uses to measure earnings by quantity or quality of production (so, for example, positions that may not have traditional salary ranges).

        *Benefits vary by region, business alignment, union involvement and employee status.

        We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits and programs. We are an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any legally protected status.

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Keywords: Trane Technologies, La Crosse , Lead Engineer, Thermal Systems, Other , La Crosse, Wisconsin

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