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TTE partners with Durham University to deliver programme for engineering students

The TTE Technical Institute has established a new partnership with Durham University to provide engineering undergraduates with practical skills and experience.

The new two-year agreement will see first-year general engineering degree students attend TTE’s training centre, in Middlesbrough, where they will take part in the Professional Engineers Applications Course (PEAC).

The first group of 160 Durham University Engineering Department students will attend TTE in June.

Among the modules are a number of vocational sessions where the students will gain hands-on, practical experience across several key manufacturing techniques. The training will focus on the operation, testing and fault-finding of electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems.

Training in TTE’s industry-standard workshops, the students will also gain a practical understanding of health and safety issues and practices, as well as legislative requirements within the engineering industry.

This will be underpinned by a visit to a large North East engineering company’s premises.

In addition to using TTE’s training facilities and equipment, the students will benefit from the support of TTE’s expert training professionals, who deliver technical training and upskilling courses for large, multi-national companies in sectors including oil and gas, chemical and process and manufacturing.

Steve Grant, TTE chief executive, said: “To be selected by one of the world’s top 100 universities to deliver this vocational programme is a significant endorsement of the expertise, experience and facilities we provide.

“This programme will provide students with a greater awareness and understanding of practical engineering, working with our internationally-experienced trainers and using equipment commonplace in industry around the world, which will benefit them in the future studies and careers.”

Associate Professor Grant Ingram, director of education for engineering at Durham University, added: “I am delighted the university is once again partnering with TTE to deliver an excellent, all-round educational experience.

“Durham University delivers an engineering course as an integrated subject, which means our graduates are modern engineers capable of solving problems across the traditional engineering boundaries.”

The new PEAC programme strengthens the relationship between TTE and Durham University.

Beginning in 2004, the two organisations collaborated on the delivery of a graduate development programme to Nigeria LNG for 130 engineering and technical professionals to operate the company’s facility on Bonny Island, West Africa.