The Society of Women Engineers is holding its 2019 conference this week, and Ingersoll Rand will again be well represented. We asked a few attendees about their careers, what they’re proudest of, and what they’d tell job candidates thinking about a career with IR. Here’s what they told us.
Plant Manager, Global Supply Chain
Cyndi Bray-McDaniel has held a lot of positions in her 22 years with Ingersoll Rand. After starting in manufacturing, she’s since added operations and facilities management to a resume that includes stops in Nebraska, Colorado and New Jersey, where she’s now the plant manager for Trane’s Residential HVAC facility in Trenton. But no matter which of the roles you’re talking about, there’s been one simple motto she says she’s applied to all of them.
“Life is what you make of it -- Make it Great!” said Bray-McDaniel.
Bray-McDaniel began her career as a manufacturing engineer and has since served as a production leader, manufacturing engineering leader, quality leader and operations leader. A key to her “exceptional growth opportunities”, explained Bray-McDaniel, is that IR has been as committed to her career as she has.
“I am thrilled with Ingersoll Rand as a company and have always received strong support from my employees, my peers, and my leadership,” said Bray-McDaniel.
IR’s commitment to improvement isn’t limited to its employees; Bray-McDaniel said the company’s goal of “leaving things better than we found them” also applies to some pretty impressive environmental initiatives, which is what she’s most proud to share with those thinking of a career with Ingersoll Rand.
“That continuous improvement culture is evident at all levels of our organization,” she said.
“Potential candidates should know our values are more than just 5 words on a sheet of paper. Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, Innovation, and Courage guide us through each day and through every situation.”
Team Leader, Intelligent Services Team Leader
A chance to build the company you work for – what else could an engineer want?
That’s the case for Laura Jelin, Intelligent Services Team Leader for the California District. Jelin joined Trane in August 2016 as an Intelligent Services Specialist and was promoted a year later to her Team Leader role. Since then she has also designed and launched a monthly newsletter promoting the launch of Intelligent Services in California and was a speaker at the West Coast Energy Management Congress. Oh, and her California District team is experiencing “over 35% year-over-year growth in Intelligent Service revenue.”
Her biggest impact, however, may be felt for years. Jelin has helped to develop the programs and training materials for Trane’s Controls Graduate Training Program. That means she’s helping mold Trane’s newest generations of engineers as they enter the workforce. And while she’s still an engineer, she said that collaborating with her local district leadership in mentoring GTP graduates as they launch their careers is “one of (my) favorite aspects of my current career path.”
The proud mother of a Sargent in the US Marines, Jelin said the key to her impact at Trane has been the company’s willingness to let its employees develop skills that may fall outside their core competencies.
“Working at Trane allows me numerous opportunities for professional development,” said Jelin.
In other words, explained Jelin, Trane helps you build your own career path, too.
V.P. Engineering Excellence
When engineering at Ingersoll Rand is brought up, Katie Davis’ name must be mentioned.
As the Vice President of Engineering Excellence – and as a member of the Engineering and Technology Leadership Team – Davis is largely responsible for maintaining (and improving) the company’s technological identity. That means she has a hand in everything from product development and supply chain management to implementing parts and supplier strategies.
What she’s most passionate about, however, is giving other Ingersoll Rand employees the same opportunities she’s had.
Davis began her career with Bechtel National, Inc. as a mechanical engineer supporting nuclear environmental remediation. She then supported the U.S. Department of Defense as a Subject Matter Expert in welds and was named the Federal Engineer of the Year by the U.S. Air Force. She joined IR in 2006 and has led engineering teams across the country on the way to her current V.P. position.
Recently she’s expanded her leadership role to include mentoring other women in engineering. In 2015 Davis was awarded 2015 STEP Ahead Award for Women in Manufacturing by the National Association of Manufacturers. Recently, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Engineering Education Foundation of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Mentoring, explained Davis, is her way of making sure other women can enjoy their careers as much as she has.
"I have had many mentors, teachers and coaches throughout my career, and I see it as my duty to pay it forward to other women who want to achieve success in STEM,” said Davis. “I’m always happy to lend an ear, give encouragement and provide advice – usually learned from my own challenges.”
Sr. Human Resources Business Partner, Climate Solutions Business Unit
To Louise Rasmussen, Ingersoll Rand’s commitment to the world around its offices is a product of fostering a diverse, innovative workforce – and that’s what she’s most proud of when she tells others about her employer.
“The culture at Trane is connected by the diversity of thought, innovation, and collaboration,” said Rasmussen.
Those aren’t just buzzwords for Sr. Human Resources Business Partner; in her 15-year career with Trane and IR, Rasmussen led the Trane National Leadership Development Program and is now leading the Trane California and Southwest and District Leadership Development Programs. She is a Certified Facilitator of Myers Briggs, DiSC, and Ingersoll Rand’s Courageous Inclusion and Leadership Essentials.
As a result, she has seen how the company’s willingness to reward employees displaying the right qualities has created a “progressive, diverse, and inclusive organization,” which she says is a “key differentiator” in high-performing teams. The ultimate goal, Rasmussen said, is to find people that are willing to “create financial results, bring innovative solutions and excellence to customers.”
Rasmussen’s impact isn’t limited to IR – she supports the Orange County Food Bank and also lends her time to Project Scientist STEM Camp for girls aged 4-12 who are interested in exploring the sciences. And while it may be done on her free time, such volunteer efforts fit into the overall culture at IR – and she’s very proud of that.
“Our people care to make a positive contribution to their customers, community, and environment,” she said.
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