Hello guys! My name is Manuel and I am from Italy. Pizza, pasta, and Tiramisu? Yes, I am a fan of those 😊 I recently started what we call ADP (Accelerated Development Program) at Trane Technologies as an electrical engineer. Because of this program now I am in Ireland, but next year I will be somewhere else in Europe. I love working at Trane Technologies! People are amazing! They are always kind and they help you if you need them. Furthermore, they are experts and passionate about what they do.
Besides engineering my other greatest passion is movies. I have always been passionate about those two subjects since I was in my second year of high school.
Has your opinion of STEM changed since you were a teenager?
Yes, when I was younger I was thinking that engineers were people that just work in the lab all the time. But actually, in engineering, there are so many things you can do, different areas and opportunities.
In your opinion, what is the biggest myth about STEM careers?
That everyone who studies STEAM becomes a scientist.
Describe an interesting day in your current position.
When there is the opportunity to work on a small project, besides our tasks on our biggest product. I really like if my manager gives me the possibility to lead this project because I am getting interested in project management as well.
What do you love about your current role?
The opportunity to study and see different things.
What has been the most surprising element of your job?
The fact that in this program of two years rotation we have the possibility to do whatever we like most, and to choose the things we can work on.
Do you get to work with any new technologies?
Yes, I work in transport refrigeration, and our products for trailers are the best and advanced on the market.
Do you ever get to travel abroad for work?
Yes, this program gives us a great opportunity to travel a lot. For the moment I couldn’t do it due to COVID. But I will very soon!
What kind of other experts do you work with on a day-to-day basis?
I work in the electrical engineering team, but I get to work a lot with mechanical engineers, manufacturing engineers, project managers, product managers, and also operators that work on the manufacturing line.
Is your current job, and the work of the wider team, making a difference in the world?
Yes, we are developing products that are more efficient and energy-saving every day. Therefore, we reduce the amount of pollution and CO2 that are emitted into the atmosphere. Since Trane technologies products are widely spread all over the world, we give a significant positive impact on our planet.
Do you feel that you fit the stereotypical description of a person in your role?
Absolutely not. Because the stereotype of an engineer is that he stays always on his own in the lab and he doesn’t talk with anyone. I am kind of the opposite 😉
If a young person told you that they would like to get into your role, what advice would you give them?
Don’t focus too much on becoming an expert in a specific product at an early stage of your career. There is too much to learn in engineering and we can’t be experts in everything. So, in the beginning, explore what you really want to do rather than focusing on the details.
What do you want to see a change in the industry in the next 10 years?
An incredible improvement in the energy efficiency of the products. And I believe that we’ll get there!
What are your priorities for the year ahead in your role?
Learn as much as I can from this program.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
Learn very well Spanish in 4 months from now. I love Spanish.
What television series are you currently watching?
I love movies, but I don’t really watch much television. Anyway, in order to improve my Spanish, I am watching a series that is called “Lupin” on Netflix. I am actually enjoying it a lot! In fact, I liked the Japanese Manga Lupin III when I was a kid.