ROLLS-ROYCE DONATES mtu ENGINE FOR KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOP IN FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
Posted on July 27, 2016
Rolls-Royce is donating an mtu Series 1600 engine to the Knowledge Workshop in Friedrichshafen. From October 2016, the education and training organization will be offering 3-hour engine courses.
- Enthusiasm for engine technology fostered in next generation
- Knowledge Workshop offers new courses from October
- Hands-on technology for young people
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY – Rolls-Royce is donating an mtu Series 1600 engine to the Knowledge Workshop in Friedrichshafen. From October 2016, the education and training organization will be offering 3-hour engine courses. The mtu brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
How does a diesel engine work? Young people between the ages of 14 and 18 will soon be able to work out the answer for themselves. Courses at the Knowledge Workshop will explain how individual components work and how they function together as an entire engine. And participants will also get practical experience.
“This is a future-oriented cooperation project with the Knowledge Workshop,” said Marcus A. Wassenberg, Executive Board member at Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG with a range of responsibilities including HR. “We are pleased to be able to give a former test engine a second lease of life as a training unit. We are sure that the hands-on experience this mtu engine will provide for young people from the region will fire their enthusiasm for drive technology and will also create a source of well-qualified technicians for our company in the future. That is vital for our success. We want to motivate young people to apply for training in one of the six technical areas our company offers or to follow a course of scientific study.”
Delivering 249kW, this is the smallest of the mtu engines built by Rolls-Royce at the Lake Constance location. “Our biggest engine produces around 10,000kW and weighs almost 50 tonnes,” explained Wassenberg. “Our Series 1600 engine weighs over a tonne and is mounted on a turntable to allow easy working access from all sides,” said Martin Stocker, Head of Vocational Training at MTU Friedrichshafen. “Dismantling and re-assembling the individual assemblies on the 6-cylinder in-line engine, will give course participants an insight into the way a 4-cycle diesel engine works,” said Stocker. Over the last six months, mtu trainees have practiced individual sections of the course in order to help produce the training documents needed.
“We are pleased that this locally produced mtu engine will give young people the chance of hands-on experience and help them decide the direction their future careers will take,” said Robert Vöhringer who heads the Knowledge Workshop.
The donation of an engine by Rolls-Royce Power Systems is part of a large-scale STEM program implemented by the Rolls-Royce Group to promote interest in studying the sciences among young people. By 2020, the program is expected to reach six million young people throughout the world.