ZHUHAI, China, Nov. 14, 2012 – The Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners Shanghai Engine Center, called Shanghai Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Maintenance Company Limited ("SEC"), a joint venture with China Eastern Airlines, recently signed an agreement with Shanghai Civil Aviation College (SCAC) to collaborate on apprenticeships and advance license training programs. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"The training collaboration between SEC and SCAC is the first training collaboration between a MRO facility and an academic institution in China," said Mike Eller, SEC general manager. "We're confident this collaboration will help strengthen our apprenticeship program and increase our presence as a leading MRO provider in China by attracting top talent from throughout the region."
SEC is a state-of-the art facility with extensive part repair capacity that helps reduce engine overhaul costs and turnaround times. Pratt & Whitney, together with joint venture partner China Eastern Airlines, opened the high-technology and environmentally efficient facility in 2009. It is Pratt & Whitney's first engine center in China and is part of the company's Global Service Partners network providing engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to customers worldwide. The approximately 23,000-square-meter (250,000-square-foot) facility meets the Platinum standards of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDÒ) rating system.
Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners is a total service provider for engines made by Pratt & Whitney, International Aero Engines, General Electric, Rolls-Royce and CFMI®. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.