Pratt & Whitney is opening a technician training center, its third worldwide, in Hyderabad, India. The center, housed at United Technologies India’s existing facility, will train aircraft technicians on current and new engine models, beginning with the GTF and V2500. The center is slated to have a training capacity the equivalent of 2,000 students attending a one-week class per year, with growth capability of up to 4,000 students per year. The engine manufacturer has similar facilities in East Hartford, Conn., and Beijing.
In an effort to promote further aviation education and training, Pratt & Whitney has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia to expand undergraduate and graduate aviation and engineering degree opportunities for those in India. The agreement will assist in developing aviation education and training, corporate scholarships and research opportunities between the two institutions. "We're excited to be a part of Pratt & Whitney's expansion plans in India and hope that this agreement will enable Embry-Riddle to establish the same collaborative relationship we share in the United States," said Graham Hunt, head of Embry-Riddle's Asia campus.