Wednesday, January 15, 2014

News: Students steel a glimpse of high end engineering at Tata in Rotherham

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Engineering students from Doncaster College recently paid a visit to Tata Steel in Rotherham, one of the world's largest steel companies, to watch the alloy metal being made.

Students on the Level 2 in Engineering course witnessed steel being produced from raw materials right through to the production of high grade steel that is used in Formula 1 motor racing and other high end engineering products including the space programme.

Colin Eglan, lecturer at Doncaster College who accompanied them on the visit, said: "Students were impressed with the sight and sounds within the steelworks as it was the first time many of them had encountered heavy engineering at its best. Students were enthused with what they saw with many using the first opportunity to put applications in to try and achieve an apprenticeship for next year."

Just over 2,000 people are employed at Tata Steel in South Yorkshire and sites including Stocksbridge and Aldwarke specialise in the production of high grade and special steels for the world's leading companies in markets ranging from automotive to aerospace, civil engineering to component manufacturing, energy industries to consumer goods.

Last year, 30 apprentices begun their training at Tata Steel Speciality Steels in South Yorkshire, the largest intake in three years.

Investment in 2005 saw the Rotherham site at Aldwarke become the focus for steel making, casting and rolling of specialist steels. The steel is manufactured from recycled material at the Rotherham site before undergoing further refining at the Stocksbridge plant or the Thrybergh Bar Mill to improve the quality.

Narrow strip is produced at Brinsworth where part of the site is being converted into a component manufacturing facility for The Proving Factory, a £22m government-backed manufacturing initiative that will take low-carbon vehicle technologies designed by small high-tech British companies and university research departments and prove their viability in production to increase their chances of being adopted by major motor manufacturers.

Rotherham is also home to Tata Steel's Swinden Technology Centre (STC). The main R&D site in the UK, it focuses on product research and applications research for the transport, engineering and building and construction sectors. It specialises in mechanical testing, welding and fatigue analysis and is pioneering ways to reduce steel production's impact on the environment.

Tata Steel website
Doncaster College website

Images: Doncaster College

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