After launching three training centers in Delhi, Chennai, and Mumbai, Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning India Limited has recently inaugurated its fourth state-of-the-art engineering excellence center (EEC) in Kolkata, in a move that would generate skilled manpower and create employability in the eastern states. A first of its kind training center for vocational HVAC training for the eastern market, Victoria – Hitachi’s EEC in Kolkata is spread over an area of 780 sq. mt. (8400 sq. ft.).
The center is furnished with exclusive hands-on training facilities through practical labs for room ACs, variable refrigerant flow-based ACs (VRF), packaged ACs, control panels, and brazing. It also includes two 25-seater classrooms. The center is equipped with operational VRF systems having visible piping and electrical connections to further enrich the demonstration and training process. Overall, there are seven product labs and two classrooms which will have the capacity to train 170 people at a time. There is also a customer experience center which provides visitors with the touch-and-feel factor through its product range displays. The opening of this center marks a major step for the company after Gurmeet Singh has become the first Indian to take over as the chairman and managing director of the company (after becoming a subsidiary of foreign promoters).
Since the inception of the EECs in Delhi, Chennai, and Mumbai; the company has imparted training to more than 2500 trainees and has invested more than 39,000 man hours. The company aims to provide technical training to more than 3000 people by the next 1 year. Hitachi has invested `1500 lakh in establishing these four regional excellence centers. Thus, with a cumulative floor area of 3158 sq. mt. (34,000 sq. ft.), Hitachi currently offers one of the biggest training facilities for a single product category in India. The company has created a sales engineering support wing to provide product information and technical assistance; a project support wing which ensures proper quality and workmanship in installation; and four EECs for service and installation-related training on actual operative products installed in the center. Thus, with the four EECs operational, Hitachi looks forward to help India by providing skilled manpower and professionally trained technical resources to the HVAC industry.
“The inauguration of EEC-Victoria is a matter of great pride for us as these centers are not only a mark of our strong presence in the regional market, but we are also generating skilled taskforce in all four corners of the country. Until now, the unskilled youth of the east (West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, and the seven north-eastern states) used to migrate to cities like Delhi and Mumbai to garner such kind of technical, vocational training, but with the opening of Victoria, we are bringing growth and learning opportunities to their doorsteps and generating employment opportunities as well. The center will provide a hands-on, real time experience of advanced technologies and products to Hitachi’s engineers and its trade partner’s technicians involved in the HVAC industry.”
Chairman and Managing Director,
Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning India Ltd.