Wednesday, October 18, 2000
How do you keep 148,000 employees trained on all the latest
workplace issues and CAD releases?
United Technologies Corp. (UTC; Hardtford, CT) launched a learning
portal for its employees this spring at www.utclearningportal.com, designed
to consolidate training across all the company's business units. UTC (www.utc.com) is the parent company of Pratt &
Whitney aircraft engines, Carrier heating and air conditioning, Otis elevators
and escalators, Sikorsky helicopters, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace products,
The new site offers UTC employees more than 300 online courses and
13 instructor-led seminars, such as business ethics/compliance, e-commerce,
environmental health and safety, finance, human resources, legal,
marketing/sales, SAP, technology/desktop, and value chain analysis. There are
technical courses on acoustics, combustion, controls, fluid/heat transfer,
information technology, manufacturing, MASC, materials, software engineering,
So they had a challenge in training a diverse group of engineers
in a wide range of subjects. UTC tapped CAD Potential (Westminster, CO, www.cadpotential.com) for i.get.it, an
e-learning tool that includes a measurement option to let managers track users'
knowledge, and allows individual employees to learn at their own pace.
CAD Potential provides Web-based CAD training in Unigraphics and
Solid Edge. With i.get.it, students begin with online courses, then take
assessments for instant feedback, and link to extra material on the areas they
need for remedial review. So each course is shaped for the abilities of the
student. i.get.it includes more than 200 topics (courses) and 14 specific
Unigraphics V16 courses, all running over the Internet, not on the user's
machine. Other companies using i.get.it include: 3M Company, Siemens Automotive
(Canada), Prior Tool & Die (UK), Hamilton Sundstrand, Cosworth Racing (UK),
Donaldson Company, and Textron Turfcare.