Bath aerospace students given lesson in flight

Forty aerospace and mechanical engineering students from the University's Department of Mechanical Engineering enjoyed a visit to Rolls Royce this week where they were given an insider’s view of the industry.

The students, all in their penultimate year of study, are now beginning to think about their careers after graduation and this visit gave them a chance to meet one of the biggest employers in the sector.

Through their studies at Bath the group has gained an excellent understanding of the theoretical elements of aerospace engineering, and industry visits like this combine with their placement year, to introduce them to the practical aspects of the manufacturing and engine assembly process.

Rolls Royce gave the students an insight to the diverse markets in which it operates, from commercial aircraft production through to nuclear power stations.

Aerospace and mechanical engineering students are benefiting from the University's relationship with Rolls Royce.

Aerospace and mechanical engineering students are benefiting from the University's relationship with Rolls Royce.

Dr Chris Bannister, who organised the trip, said: “The University has a long standing relationship with Rolls Royce, developed through joint research projects with academic staff, and through the company’s on-going support for placement and graduate opportunities for our students.

“An opportunity to meet with employees within the industry, and to see the outstanding facilities and work carried out at Rolls Royce is invaluable to our students.”

The students were given tours of the manufacturing and inspection facilities, and shown how complex parts are built and inspected in order to be suitable for use in an aircraft. They were also given a tour of the company’s engine assembly facilities, where they were allowed to walk through an entire engine assembly process for a Eurofighter Typhoon engine.

A senior engineer from the company explained the operation of gas turbine engines to the students, a process they had covered in their lectures and were pleased to see in practice.

Mechanical Engineering student Josh Wesley said: “The trip was a really eye opening experience for me. It was incredible to see how such a large team of people work together to build such impressive machines and it wasn’t hard to understand why Rolls Royce is one of the world leaders in its sector.

“Observing the manufacture of components, assembly of full jet engines, and attending a business overview and technical presentation gave an insight into many aspects of the company - enough for any engineer to find somewhere they would enjoy working.

“With graduate engineers from the University of Bath as guides it really brought home not only the high regard in which Bath graduates are held, but also how very possible it is to work and being successful in such an exciting company. With information given on the graduate schemes and time to ask questions, Rolls Royce is now a company I would definitely consider applying to upon graduation.”

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