19 September 2016
Chiller and air handling unit manufacturer, Daikin Applied, has completed a third successful consulting engineering placement with ARUP, the global engineering and design experts.
Now in its second year, the placement scheme helps engineers to focus on their interests. ARUP runs a graduate engineer scheme in which Daikin Applied provides a three week factory placement. Young graduate engineers on the scheme do their placement in August each year. One week consists of a week at Daikin Applied's air handling unit (AHU) factory in Cramlington, followed by two weeks in Cecchina near Rome, which is the site of the company's chiller design and manufacturing team.
Fourteen young engineers have been through the scheme so far in two years. Unsurprisingly, the scheme is popular with the graduates and Daikin Applied already has a waiting list for the placement. The engineers gain product knowledge, learn best design practices and quality assurance. They get to work with Daikin Applied's chiller and AHU specialists through hands-on work and classroom sessions.
Chiller product manager for Daikin Applied, James Henley said:
“Our aim is to share our expertise both through in-house apprentice scheme, graduate program and our consultant placements so that we can help shape and inspire the engineers of the future.”
“Designing an AHU on paper, that fits in a plant room at 2.5m wide, 3m tall and 7m long is very different from seeing the finished physical product and realising the potential logistical issues that may be onsite, either now or in the future. The shop floor hands-on experience is essential to giving the engineers the real application knowledge and not just the theory.’’
Daikin Applied plans more placements with ARUP, as well as series of consultant learning workshops to develop future design engineers for the HVAC industry.
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