UTE inaugurates multi-million dollar training and workshop facility


From left: H.R.Ranasinghe – ( GM-Product Support Services-UTE), Hari Venkatesan – (Management Consultant-UTE), Kevin Strydom – (District Manager – Caterpillar), Prasan Fernando – (Finance Director – UTE), Steve J Lanctot – (Regional Manager – Caterpillar), Priath Fernano – (Chairman –UTE), Christopher Corkey –(Economic and Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Colombo), Riyad Ismail – (CEO-UTE), Ringo Chow – (General Manager – Caterpillar EPAP), Janak Edirisinghe – (GM-Machine Sales & Rental - UTE)

In a proactive bid to overcome the dearth of competent technicians in the field of Construction and heavy machinery United Tractor and Equipment (UTE) inaugurated a state-of-the-art training facility recently. UTE has also upgraded its Caterpillar service workshop into a star level facility with an investment of over hundred million Sri Lankan Rupees. The training facility affiliated to internationally renowned Caterpillar ABC training programme is a giant leap in the Sri Lankan construction industry currently experiencing exponential growth. The training center is also affiliated to the National Apprenticeship and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA).

Several dignitaries including Steve J Lanctot, Regional Manager for Caterpillar and Christopher Corkey, Economic and Commercial Officer of the U.S. Embassy participated at the Opening Ceremony held at the UTE premises in Wattala.

Inaugurating the new UTE training facility located at Wattala, Steve J Lanctot said, "This ultra – modern facility is equipped to produce technicians of the highest caliber. I am truly delighted to see that UTE is committed to maintaining the same level of leadership, innovation and sustainability that Caterpillar is renowned for world over".

The new training facility is comprehensively equipped to provide well rounded training programmes. The facility comprises of six Engine Workstations, two Machine Workstations, two Generator Workstations, a Hydraulic and Transmission Workstation and Electrical and Computer Labs among its facilities. One of the unique features of this facility is the fault simulators lab which is the first of its kind in the Country.

Armed with the expertise of Engineers and Technicians trained at Caterpillar International Training Centers, the latest UTE training facility will undertake producing several batches of skilled Engine and Electric Power technicians every year. Duration of the training period will be two years including 09 months on the job training and 03 months for Caterpillar Certification Tests. The first batch of technical professionals has already commenced the Accelerated Basic Course (ABC) in the new facility.

UTE is renowned for producing skilled technicians in construction equipment and power generator sectors since its inception in 1947 through training provided under the guidance of its Training Department.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Priath Fernando, Chairman of UTE said, "We are proud to be the pioneering private sector Sri Lankan organization to conduct formal training for technicians on construction machines and power generators. International level training is vital to the Sri Lankan construction industry as there is a lack of professionally qualified technicians in the country. We hope to fill that gap and produce professionals who are able to quickly adapt to the rapid developments in the technological innovation front. Our training programmes follow the curriculum developed by Caterpillar University. Not only can our technicians but also our customers’ technicians too could benefit from the training facility."

He added, "We believe this to be a timely venture of national level importance. Parallel to the economic resurgence of Sri Lanka the construction industry has grown rapidly of late and the industry is adapting latest technological innovations at the same speed. In this backdrop the country needs industrial training of a global level to stay abreast of the forecasted growth targets."

UTE is the sole authorized dealer for Caterpillar Construction Equipment and Power Generators since 1947 and the first Sri Lankan company to market these products. Cat currently is the leading brand of Construction Equipment locally as well as in the World.

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