Students visit Rolls-Royce Jet Engine Facility in Derby

A group of sixteen Engineering Science undergraduate students, from first to fourth years, spent a day during Michaelmas Term at the Rolls-Royce jet engine facility in Derby.

Students visit Rolls-Royce Jet Engine Facility in DerbyDepartment of Engineering Science students are seen here in front of the Trent XWB and the Trent 1000 jet engines at the Rolls-Royce jet engine facility in Derby.

The students visited the Rolls-Royce Discovery and Learning Centre where they saw a range of jet engines that are used for training purposes. They visited the Aero Repair and Overhaul Centre where engines undergo maintenance and here observed engines completely stripped down.  Finally, they toured the Operations Centre, which is staffed 24/7. Data on all the Rolls-Royce jet engines in service is directed to the Operations Centre where technical issues are addressed or the appropriate team called up to resolve them.  

Professor Robin Cleveland who accompanied the students said: “The students enjoyed a superb day seeing the engineering they learn in the lectures and tutorials being applied in the real world.  At each location they got to interact with the engineers on the ground to get insight as to what it is like to work in a world-class engineering company”.

Andreea Oncescu, in her first year, commented: “I really enjoyed this visit. It was impressive to see Rolls Royce engines so closely, to find out more about the way they work and to learn about the engines of the future. Also, it was nice to talk to the engineers working there and to find out more about what their jobs entail”.

Eoin Finnegan who is in his second year said: “This was a very informative and helpful visit that made me aware of the broad career prospects in Rolls-Royce”.

Rosie Wilson, who works in Rolls-Royce’s Turbines Facility and an alumna from the Department of Engineering Science, said: “It was fantastic to give the students the opportunity to see the technology that Rolls-Royce is working on and encourage their enthusiasm for the engineering industry”.

The Department and students of Engineering Science thank Rolls-Royce for this unique opportunity to tour its jet engine facility.