Eti­had Air­ways helps engi­neer the fu­ture with stu­dent tours

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Eti­had Air­ways En­gi­neer­ing has opened its hangar doors to some of the UAE’s bright­est minds as part of its drive to at­tract univer­sity stu­dents from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines to con­sider a ca­reer in aerospace en­gi­neer­ing.

Around 50 stu­dents from Khal­ifa Univer­sity and Higher Col­leges of Tech­nol­ogy (HCT) in the UAE have vis­ited the Eti­had Air­ways En­gi­neer­ing fa­cil­ity in the past few weeks. The visit pro­vided the stu­dents of di­verse sub­jects such as me­chan­i­cal and com­puter en­gi­neer­ing, with an op­por­tu­nity to see first­hand the en­gi­neer­ing land­scape in a pro­fes­sional work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Jeff Wilkin­son, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Eti­had Air­ways En­gi­neer­ing, said: “There is a clear ad­van­tage for us in hir­ing grad­u­ates from dif­fer­ent fields as each one brings with them a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and ex­per­tise, all of which are re­quired to ful­fil our en­gi­neer­ing needs.

“The tech­nol­ogy on new-age air­craft is de­mand­ing to a point where a very high level of ex­per­tise is re­quired to main­tain and op­ti­mize them. This is crit­i­cal to our suc­cess in be­ing a world lead­ing provider of main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul fa­cil­i­ties.” Amani Al-Balooshi, an in­dus­trial and sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent in her fi­nal year at Khal­ifa Univer­sity, said she joined the tour be­cause she al­ready had an in­ter­est in this sec­tor. “I love my ma­jor be­cause I can work in ev­ery field - air­craft, air­port, man­u­fac­tur­ing. We do a Mod­ern Man­u­fac­tur­ing course and it teaches you about pro­cesses in build­ing and work­ing to de­liver en­gi­neered so­lu­tions that add value. Vis­it­ing here, I see how I can ap­ply what I have learnt.” Nouf Khalil is a first-year Prepara­tory stu­dent at Khal­ifa Univer­sity. Vis­it­ing a hangar for the first time, she said she was im­pressed by the state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity. “It’s just great to come to a hangar to see how it all works. I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in en­gi­neer­ing and, see­ing this, has made me re­alise how in­ter­est­ing aerospace en­gi­neer­ing re­ally is.”

As part of their vis­its, stu­dents were given an over­view of Eti­had Air­ways En­gi­neer­ing fol­lowed by a tour of the work­shops and hangar fa­cil­ity, dur­ing which they were able to in­ter­act with both grad­u­ate and ex­pe­ri­enced en­gi­neers spe­cial­is­ing in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the busi­ness.

Young Emi­rati grad­u­ates in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for a place on the Eti­had Tech­ni­cal Grad­u­ate En­gi­neer­ing Pro­gramme. Launched in 2010, the pro­gramme cur­rently hosts 300 UAE na­tion­als who were all se­lected af­ter ex­ten­sive and rig­or­ous as­sess­ments. Once fully qual­i­fied en­gi­neers, they be­come part of Eti­had Air­ways En­gi­neer­ing team.

Khal­ifa Univer­sity stu­dents had the chance to in­ter­act with en­gi­neers work­ing in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the busi­ness.

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