Students produce technical guides to help offshore wind industry apprentices

May 21st, 2019

Students at Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) have worked alongside expert researchers to produce technical guides introducing engineering materials to new apprentices at Siemens Gamesa.

Global renewable energy leader Siemens Gamesa has invested in world-class wind turbine manufacturing, assembly and logistics operations in Hull and is a Founding Partner of the employer-led school.

The school’s employer partners regularly set projects for students, to bring a real-life perspective to their studies.

Finishing Operative Monika Jedryczka smooths out the surface of a fully-cast blade in Siemens Gamesa’s Hull blade factory.

In one of these projects, 55 Year 13 engineering students were commissioned to produce two guides for apprentices joining the Siemens Gamesa Metal Products and Non-metal Products departments.

Students were tasked with creating guides explaining processing techniques for metal and non-metal materials to be used by the new starters.

Although the project was set by Siemens Gamesa, it was supported strongly by offshore wind experts at Project Aura, which brings together industry partners to drive innovation in the offshore wind sector.

Aura is led by the University of Hull and involves partners including Siemens Gamesa and Ørsted, the world’s leading offshore wind farm developer. The University of Hull is Ron Dearing UTC’s Lead Educational Partner, while Ørsted is a Major Partner of the school.

Dan Howard, Assistant Principal for Employer Engagement at Ron Dearing UTC, said the students embraced the technical guide project with great enthusiasm and it gave them a good insight into industry research.

He said: “Siemens Gamesa set the project and put us in touch with Aura, so the students were able to benefit from the great experience of working as part of a research team.

“Some of the guides the students produced were up to 20,000 words and were very impressive indeed.”

Siemens Gamesa workers smooth down layers of fibre glass within a turbine blade mould.

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