Thursday, May 29, 2014

News: Newburgh turn to AMRC apprentices for help with lathe

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Apprentices at the AMRC Training Centre have taken the opportunity to develop their project management and teamwork skills, whilst also giving something back to the community.

Part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, the AMRC Training Centre is a £20.5m centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham where the focus is on 250 students aged from 16 upwards, taken on paid apprenticeships with opportunities to progress on to postgraduate courses.

Newburgh Precision Ltd, the high-tech precision engineering sub-contractor with a facility in Rotherham, contacted the centre and asked them if they would be interested in refurbishing a lathe as part of a community project.

The lathe's final destination is for Hope Valley College whose teacher of Engineering and Design Technology, Martin Streets said: "The lathe will further enhance our facilities and allow us to offer an applied and relevant experience to our engineering and technology students at GCSE level and across the curriculum.

"We are totally committed to raising the profile of Design Technology and particularly Engineering and are delighted to be associated with both the AMRC and Newburgh Precision, who share our vision of engineering excellence through their continued generosity and support. It is pleasing to see so many of our ex-pupils doing well, both at Newburgh and at the AMRC and the commissioning of the new lathe will contribute greatly to developing future generations of engineers."

David Greenan, managing director at Newburgh Precision Ltd, added: "We are keen to support the local community and Hope Valley College in particular in this way to help develop the next generation of engineers that will secure the future of our business and the wider engineering and manufacturing sectors."

Once the lathe arrived, two trainers, David Smith and Brian Allot, set up a project team and divided the apprentices into three groups, each responsible for a different part.

Chris Wain, an apprentice for Technicut, was appointed the project leader. He said: "It's going well and we are organised. We started properly by doing the paperwork and sorting out the permit to work, the risk assessment and the method statement. Once that was done we gave the lathe a deep clean and that uncovered some hidden faults."

When asked how he was enjoying leading the project he said: "the team seem to be listening to me and they are all eager to get on. I'm enjoying gaining new experience in dealing with customers and suppliers and ordering replacement components and parts."

David Smith, one of the trainers, said "I'm really pleased by the professional attitude of the apprentices. They are learning the fundamentals of how a project should be delivered and this will stand them in good stead when they go back into the workplace."

AMRC Training Centre website

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