Monday, August 5, 2013

News: Brinsworth Academy of Engineering upgrades equipment


Brinsworth Academy of Engineering in Rotherham has upgraded its training facilities so that students, apprentices and adult learners are working with current equipment and cutting-edge technologies.

Much of the new equipment has been supplied by control and automation specialists – Mitsubishi Electric – working in partnership with SMC Pneumatics, which has supplied training rigs with actuators and other pneumatic products to the Templeborough centre.

As well as offering traditional engineering courses, the academy is using the new equipment to develop standard training courses and will, in the future, develop further into the fields of servos, motion and mechatronics.

The training rigs allow practical training in many aspects of engineering including pneumatic circuitry, PLC (programmable logic controller) programming, precision motion and manufacturing processes.

Paul Reeves, business development director at Brinsworth Academy of Engineering (pictured above, left), said: "We have to keep pace with the changing needs of our regional industry. So we have developed training facilities and programmes for the latest technologies, such as robots, precision motion, HMIs (human-machine interfaces) and energy saving inverter drives."

Brinsworth has had an association with Mitsubishi for many years and Gary Hatfield of Mitsubishi Electric (pictured above, right) describes the South Yorkshire region as something of a Mitsubishi stronghold.

"We supply our products and systems to a great many companies, large and small, in the region. So when Brinsworth trainees enter industry they immediately see equipment that is familiar to them."

As well as the extensive refit, Brinsworth Academy of Engineering is celebrating having secured a record number of vacancies for apprentices, despite the harsh economic climate – proof that the region's engineering employers benefit from the college's forward-thinking and passion for developing youth employability.

Brinsworth Academy of Engineering website

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