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Tuesday 10 January 2017

Fourteen students from Bedford College’s engineering department visited Pressfab Engineering in Flitwick to gain an insight into some of the latest manufacturing technology.  

The visit was arranged by Pressfab’s Director Nigel Colclough, who is a great supporter of young engineers.  Nigel already employs several current and ex-students of Bedford College.  Pressfab’s young engineers who are continuing their training at the College were there to meet the visiting students. 

Steve Croft, Head of Engineering at Bedford College said:  “Visits to local businesses are essential as it helps to show students actual working practice and latest advances in technology.  It is an added bonus when ex and current students host the visits as it gives students aspirational targets for their own futures.  Tutors also gain from the visits as we can bring back latest working practices to the classroom environment.” 

Established in 1993, Pressfab is a high quality, flexible engineering company working with a diverse range of industries including, Automotive, Defence, Pharmaceutical, Shop Fitting and Aviation. The students gained valuable insight into fabrication and power press technology, CNC machining and punching, the use of CAD/CAM in these processes and laser cutter technology.

Nigel Colclough said:  “We are more than happy to host students.  It is vitally important that the next generation of engineers gain as much knowledge and experience as possible.  With the national shortages of men and women entering the profession it is all our responsibility to highlight the great opportunities a career in engineering can offer”.

For more information about engineering career paths go to bedford.ac.uk

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