Marine engineering students from Falmouth Marine School will be leading the way in industry-based skills, with major investment in new engines and systems funded by the European Regional Development Fund and a partnership with Mylor Yacht Harbour.
The funding means that students now have access to some of the most up to date equipment available on the market, supplied through Mylor Yacht Harbour, to include inboard and outboard engines, hydraulic systems, thrusters and generators from leading marine brands such as Vetus , Mercruiser and Yamaha.
Engineering students from Falmouth Marine School are now able to train using the latest techniques and technologies such as hydraulics and electrical systems – the supply of which was key to Mylor’s involvement in the partnership – which keeps FMS at the forefront of marine engineering in the South West.
Nathan Percival, Marine Team engineering manager at Mylor Yacht Harbour says:
“We’re really happy to be able to support Falmouth Marine School with these modern units. Being able to practice on up-to-date equipment ensures the students are better placed to work on similar engines when they start working in the industry.”
Once fully installed, the engines will form a replica of a full-size marine engine control room, where students can practice all areas of maintenance such as hydraulics, electrical, and cooling systems. Nathan continues,
“Three members of our engineering department started with me as apprentices from FMS and are now full-time employees. It’s really benefitted us as a company and FMS have worked with us, listened to our training needs and then designed courses to suit us. I’m looking forward to working together more in the future.”
The workshop refurbishment at Falmouth Marine School is part of a £3.2 million investment which has seen the campus on Killigrew Street transformed to a modern, comfortable place of study. The complete renovation is due to be unveiled at a Community Open Day on 11th July.
Sam Robathan, 17, studying a Level 3 Diploma in Light Marine Engineering, is looking forward to starting work:
“The new work shop is fantastic and these new quality engines will make such a difference, it’s great that local businesses are so supportive.”
Curriculum Lead for Marine Engineering, Ed Hornagold, says,
“I am delighted with the new pieces of equipment that have been supplied in partnership with Mylor Yacht Harbour. We believe in making learning work, enabling our students to gain as many skills and expertise to progress into their chosen career and these new pieces of equipment will enable us to not only do that, but allow our students to lead the way – gaining skills and expertise with the latest advancements in marine technology.”
To find out more about marine engineering and other courses available at Falmouth Marine School visit www.falmouthmarineschool.ac.uk