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General Manager, Nissin Academy Training Center
Nissin Electric’s impressive new Nissin Academy Training Center was conceived as a commemorative project marking the company’s centenary. Sleek and functional, the training center blends seamlessly with the world-renowned cityscape and ambience of Kyoto.
“Compared with the former facility, the total floor area of the training rooms is 2.5-times larger,” says Katsuhiko Shimoda. Turning to the purpose of the training center, he explains, “Actual equipment, not scaled-down versions or mockups, is installed here for training in the skills indispensable for maintenance and inspection as well as for on-site refurbishment and assembly. Some of our products remain in use for decades. So it’s essential that our people have hands-on experience with equipment manufactured many years ago.”
The company also emphasizes the fostering of engineers trained in Nissin Electric’s core technologies, including those for the Power System Equipment and the Charged Beam Equipment and Processing.
“Since so few university courses cover our core technologies, we have found it a challenge to secure sufficient human resources with the expertise our company needs. In collaboration with Nissin Electric alumni and universities, the training center will focus on strengthening the transfer of expertise from one generation to the next within the company. We also want the training center to be a venue for learning about the latest technology, including the product development process,” says Mr. Shimoda.
Since social infrastructure is at the heart of its business, Nissin Electric always endeavors to maximize its contribution to society, not least through the development of excellent human resources.
“We hold a robot workshop for children every two weeks in the training center’s multipurpose room. We also make this facility available for use by local elementary schools. Mindful of the reported recent decline in children’s interest in science and with an eye to the future, we would like to help as many local children as possible experience the fun and fascination of electricity and other aspects of science.”
Reprinted from SUMITOMO QUARTERLY NO.157