Like many people, I changed my mind several times about what I wanted to be when I grew up. At some points, I wanted to be an engineer, because I liked science and math and liked solving problems. Other times, I wanted to be a teacher because I liked helping people learn and enjoy sharing knowledge. I always knew that I wanted to work for a company that makes the world a better place. Through a winding unconventional path, I am now able to say that Carrier has given me a chance to build a career where I engage with experts in various engineering disciplines, doing so through the lens of education. I work for a company that literally changes the world for the better. Carrier changes the world through the products we make and the diversity and innovation of its people – more on that in a minute. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing as the Engineering Learning & Development Officer at Carrier, leading Carrier Engineering University. I want to share this story because many of the themes of this SWE Conference (Do Big Things, Embrace Challenges, Encourage Others, Aim Higher etc.) are very similar to the story of Carrier Engineering University. Right now I want to focus on the “Do Big Things” theme.
What does Carrier do?
As you may have seen on our website, “Carrier is the leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions with a world-class, diverse workforce. With more than a century of expertise, we drive innovation while putting our customers first, helping protect our planet, and inspiring and empowering our people.” From this quote you can see that, Carrier “does big things”.
What does Carrier Engineering University do?
Carrier Engineering University enhances organizational and individual capability. It is part of the Engineering Methods Team and reports through the Sr. VP of Engineering. The instructors are Carrier engineers (Fellows & experts) who teach courses and curricula that are curated around our technical disciplines, subdisciplines, and Business Units. Courses and curricula are offered to global audiences with real time and on-demand scheduling using various delivery mechanisms. Carrier Engineering University captures best practices, enables knowledge transfer, and turns learning into action. Ultimately Carrier Engineering University connects employees to experts to more efficiently solve business problems.
How does Carrier Engineering University Do Big Things?
Carrier Engineering University serves over 4000 engineers located all over the globe. Since it started in January, 2021, the course library contains almost 250 courses taught by experts and offers content taught in all disciplines at various complexity levels. Every engineer has access to any of the courses he or she wishes to take. Some courses help provide a basic knowledge of a critical topic such as Fundamentals of Vapor Compression. Some courses help learners build skill within a specific area like Model Based Design and Systems. Learners from 28 countries have taken courses and the number continues to grow each quarter.
This is important because Carrier is at the SWE conference. Carrier Engineering University is just one shining example of how Carrier invests in and engages employees.”