Mitsubishi Electric HVAC recently opened a new, state-of-the-art training center for its contractors and distributors. Located in Lawrenceville, Ga., the new facility will help Mitsubishi Electric's nationwide network of contractors hone their installation, diagnostic and service skills.

It features an audio/video system, working models of all the company's products, and specially constructed troubleshooting simulators. Up to 25 people can participate in the training sessions, which will include classroom presentations and hands-on work sessions.

The center can also be used for sales and technical training for distributors.

In related news, Byron Havard, Ph.D., was named as training manager for Mitsubishi Electric's HVAC Advanced Products Division. He is responsible for the development and growth of training programs for HVAC contractors, as well as the new training center.

Prior to joining Mitsubishi Electric, Havard served as lead instructional designer at IBM and as instructional technologist for ATT. He was also a course developer at Georgia State University and is a part-time instructor there.