Refrigeration manufacturing tour inspires Bath College students

Refrigeration students from Bath College recently visited Space Engineering Services’ plant manufacturing facility in Pucklechurch, Bristol, to gain an industry insight into the development and production of refrigeration systems.

On 7th May, 17 students were given an extensive guided tour by our Plant Manufacturing Director, Tony Mills and our Production Manager, Andy Sealy, as part of their Refrigeration and Air Conditioning NVQ.

The tour provided the students with an invaluable insight into the workings of a real refrigeration plant production facility, as well as offering the opportunity to learn about the different careers available in this industry. Chandler Davison, one of the students who attended commented: “The sheer scale of the refrigeration equipment manufactured was great to see and walk around, and it gave a wider perspective on the jobs available to us in the industry.”

A key topic of discussion on the day focused on the driving factors which contribute to the development of new products. The students learned how the changing needs of customers, new legislation, and the latest technological advancements all have a significant impact on emerging product designs, and they were able to see first-hand examples of this.

The students were able to ask questions about everything from how heat energy can be used to create greener refrigeration products, to the specific products manufactured by Space Engineering Services. Brad Jefferies, Bath College student said: “One of the most interesting things about the trip was being shown a system which works with two refrigerants and how it uses R134A to cool a CO2 system.” The ECO2 Cascade was developed in conjunction with retailer Marks & Spencer and to satisfy the demand for natural refrigeration products, and this system in particular caught the attention of the students.

Space Engineering Services has worked closely with Bath College for a number of years, which offers a wide range of training opportunities for those wishing to pursue a career in the refrigeration, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry. We are delighted to have provided such a valuable experience to Bath College students, and give them a real insight into the hands-on careers available in this industry. Simon Robinson, Bath College lecturer said: “The students came away very inspired and keen to understand more about complex refrigeration systems. Bath College has supported Space Engineering Services by training their refrigeration apprentices for a long time, and we have outstanding links with them.”