The ACR Journal met Anna Carrera, Department Manager of Quality Assurance at Hitachi in Spain to ask about her career in the industry.
Where did you study and what qualification did you gain?
Are you a member of any institutions and what benefit do you get from them?
For example, we participate in voluntary independent product testing programmes that provide the foundations for fair competition – on equal terms and based on comparable data. This ultimately contributes to the improvement of the image and integrity of our company and the whole industry.
Tell us about your employer, Hitachi
Since the 1st of October 2015, two large companies have joined forces: Japanese Hitachi and American JCI, thus forming Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning. The two have very different cultures, so it will be an exciting challenge for us to integrate the best of both worlds.
Our activity is the design, production and sales of air conditioners and heat pumps for commercial, industrial and residential use, with capacities up to 50kW; we also produce water chillers for space cooling or industrial processes, with capacities up to 1200kW.
The company has 350 employees, of which 20 staff members work in R+D and 11 in testing laboratories.
What attracted you to the industry?
The most negative side is that there are almost no women in this industry field, both when I attend meetings in Asia, or even here in Europe. It is a shame because I think this largely male dominated atmosphere could truly benefit from a greater female influence.
What do you specialize in now? Or, what type of projects do you work on?
The second project is the creation of a testing room for central controls. Here, we can validate the performance of newly developed central control devices combined with air conditioning units in any virtual environment. The system is completely flexible to simulate any real condition.
What do you know now about the industry which you wished you had known before?
What excites or interests you about the industry and your part in it now?
Also, the ever-accelerating evolution of new technologies and how this effects our jobs on a daily basis.
What would you say to other women who are considering coming into the ACR industry?
They should be brave and be confident that any job done by a man can be done just as well as by a woman. You may sometimes feel lonely in a meeting room full of men, but in my case, I have never felt lacking in recognition or attention.
Where do you see your career developing?
The new joint venture between JCI and Hitachi brings a lot of opportunities for global knowledge. There are some uncertainties in Europe, but I understand that everything will progress and ensure a better future for the company and its staff.