Gateway Academy students meet global engineering company

ENGINEERING students at the Gateway Academy were privileged to receive a visit from Cummins Ltd, a Worldwide engineering company that has strong distribution in the UK, providing new equipment sales and aftermarket support across its product range of engines and generator sets.

As part of the Cummins Young Engineers Club, they brought along their LEGO® replica of a Cummins QSK95 engine. The students were given the opportunity to build the engine up with carefully selected parts along with the help of specialist engineers who were only too pleased to pass on their engineering knowledge. The students learnt about the project and understood more about the workings of a diesel engine by taking part in the big build.

The LEGO® QSK95 engine travels around the world, creating excitement at events on college campuses, diversity career fairs, as well as the Cummins headquarters in Columbus, Indiana. In fact, the Gateway Academy were only one of a few schools that they visited in the UK!

Gateway Academy Careers Adviser, Frank Thompson, said “This is a great example of the Gateway Academy working together with a local employer to help students learn more about the world of work and career opportunities. We are also delighted that one of our previous students, Declan Taylor, had gained an apprenticeship with Cummins this year, and was there to lend a hand on the day.”

Branch Manager, Mr Darren Coppard, also commented “The day was a fun, educational way to show the students how an engine gets put together. There was good participation from the students and we really enjoyed our return visit to the Gateway Academy. I think the students enjoyed the day too!”

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