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January 2020

Our Staff – Design & Innovation 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

At the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, we are committed to providing a unique and exciting curriculum that combines academic, technical and practical learning. With a range of engineering and manufacturing workshop spaces and classrooms onsite, our students have an opportunity to get to grips with industry-standard machinery, developing sought-after skills and knowledge that future employers are looking for. However, it’s not just our students who use our workshops to be innovative.

Recently both our premises manager John, and engineering technician Ash, put their skills to the test in order to replace an existing element of the schools central heating system, working together to find a solution that wouldn’t break the bank. The part in question was a ratchet open and close valve, that was 20mm too small and didn’t have the correct handle in order to function correctly.

Originally, John contacted local companies to discuss the replacement and discovering it could cost around £500.00, he decided to turn the situation into a fun challenge by working with Ash to make the part inhouse. Using Autodesk Fusion 360, one of the 3D CAD, CAM and CAE systems our students use when creating new ideas and completing project work, Ash was able to produce an initial prototype from acrylic.

After testing the prototype and making any necessary alterations both John and Ash were able to create an aluminum version of the valve using the school’s Boxford CNC Laser Cutting machine. This aluminum part has now been approved by local gas engineers who have tested that it is safe to function!

John said, “The ingenuity of myself and Ash, means we have solved a problem at little cost. This won’t be the last time that we do projects like this because we have access to modern cutting-edge machinery and at the end of the day, why wouldn’t we want to use it!”

Thanks to John and Ash’s innovative thinking and engineering knowledge, the overall cost of replacing the valve was equivalent to a sheet of acrylic and aluminium. A perfect example of how STEM skills are transferable and can help to solve the kind of problems faced by individuals and companies every single day.

Want to find out more about life at the ENL UTC and how our unique curriculum can ignite ideas around your future? Follow the link below.

Partner Profile | Orsted 2> By | Employer Partners | No Comments

Orsted develop, construct and operate wind farms and are a global leader in the offshore industry

The Ofsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Orsted construct and operate offshore and onshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and provide energy products to its customers throughout Europe. On the east coast of the UK, Orsted are currently constructing the world’s largest offshore wind farms; Hornsea One and Two. Both will be operated from their Grimsby base, the East Coast Hub, the largest offshore wind operations and maintenance facility in the world!

Orsted work closely with our staff and students to introduce their three year Wind Turbine Technician apprenticeship scheme. To find out more about the company and the careers available, carry on scrolling!

“Securing a workforce for the future is important to us and we need to attract new talent and the brightest minds into our business to achieve our ambition to live in a world that runs entirely on green energy.”

Offshore wind farm competition!

Want to learn more about offshore wind farms? Join Orsted’s, mini competition to identify and assess where a new wind farm should be constructed, as well as testing your Orsted knowledge and showcasing your very own wind turbine construction.

To find out more and details on how to get involved, follow the buttons below.

  • Web address:
  • Location: In the UK, their offices are based in Grimsby
  • Example Jobs: Wind Turbine Technician
  • What they look for in their future workforce:
    • A good technical understanding and ability to handle problem-solving and fault-finding
    • A passion for manual dexterity work
    • A mature attitude to safety
    • Good communication skills
    • Ability to use ICT equipment
  • Examples of Engagement & Activity:
    • Student mentor programme, to allow our students the opportunity to learn directly from the experts
    • Specialised projects delivered directly to our students
    • Attendance to ENL UTC events to discuss future career opportunities
    • Employer talks regarding the roles available within the organisation

Want to discover a future in green energy?

Follow the buttons below to find out more about Orsted’s apprenticeship scheme or join us at one of our upcoming open events to start the conversation.